My Sister's Place

Services to empower survivors of domestic violence
24-hour Hotline

Free and Confidential

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About Us

As DC's oldest domestic violence shelter, we've responded to our community's and our clients' evolving needs since 1979. We are the only domestic violence shelter in DC that offers a full continuum of care from immediate crisis on our hotline through transitional-to-permanent housing. This continuum ensures that victims are not re-traumatized by having to repeat their painful stories to numerous counselors.

Last year, 92.3% of families who exited our emergency shelter moved to more stable, safe homes. They did not become homelessness, they did not return to their abusers, or move to another short-term shelter program, draining an already limited resource.

RISE (Reaching Independence through Survivor Empowerment), is our new and innovative transitional-to-permanent housing program.  In 2012, its first year, 100% of the families served, leased apartments in their own name, paid their rent with help from MSP thorugh a gradually declining subsidy, voluntarily opened savings and checking accounts, and paid their bills on time.

We save and rebuild lives one family at a time.

Meet Our Executive Director

Carol Loftur-Thun Executive Director  As MSP’s Interim Executive Director, Carol brings over 16 years of experience in nonprofit leadership.   An entrepreneurial and strategic leader, she is nimble and pragmatic, turning crises into opportunities to create successful turnarounds and transitions.

From Our Board Chair

Dear Friend, Thank you for your interest in My Sister’s Place (MSP), DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter. As you visit our website please take a few minutes get to know us better and consider how you can support our mission to help victims of domestic violence and their families.

Our Board of Directors

Mazen Yacoub, Board Chair
Healthcare Strategy & Managment Consultant
Elected: Spring 2009

Katrina Clemons
Manager-Global Public Sector, Grant Thorton LLP
Elected: Winter 2010

Michelle A. Kisloff, Esq. 
Partner,  Hogan Lovells 
Elected: Fall 2007

George A. Bednar, CPA
Deputy Executive Director, Food & Friends, Inc. 
Elected: Summer 2015

Our Staff

Executive Director
Carol Loftur-Thun

Administration 202-529-5261
Joviah Ndahayo, Grants & Accounting Manager
Lorin Kleinman, HR Specialist
Toshica Jones, Volunteer & Operations Coordinator  

Latino Outreach Coordinator
Ana Acevedo, 202-529-5261

Development & Communications Coordinator
Renae Erichsen-Teal, 202-529-5261

Donor Privacy Policy

Support from individual donors, corporations, foundations, volunteers, and public funders is critical to our work. Our shared commitment to eradicating domestic violence and empowering survivors in the District of Columbia serves as the cornerstone of our relationship with our supporters. My Sisterís Place (MSP) respects the privacy of its donors and has put in place a Donor Privacy Policy to honor these relationships.  

I. MSP collects and maintains the following types of donor information:

Donor Bill of Rights

My Sister's Place is committed to the highest standards of fundraising and donor stewardship and complies with the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP); Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); and Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

The Donor Bill of Rights

Our History

1976 - The Women's Legal Defense Fund (WLDF) begins providing hotline support and discovers the extent of domestic abuse. Thanks to volunteers from the Junior League of Washington and the WLDF's expertise, Washington is given its first safe haven. 

January 10, 1979 - MSP forms as a 15-bed shelter and 24-hour hotline under the WLDF.

March 31, 1981 - Thanks to support from the DC Department of Housing and Community, MSP purchases the 22-bed shelter where it remains today.