My Sister's Place

Services to empower survivors of domestic violence
24-hour Hotline

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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.

. We are the only domestic violence shelter in Washington, DC that offers a full continuum of care for its clients that includes not only shelter, but also transition to independence as they return to life outside our shelter.    I am very proud of the tremendous impact we have had on our community and the families we serve.
Recent economic conditions have created significant challenges for the organization including:

  • Reductions in public grants, private donations and corporate sponsorships.  
  • Dramatically increased need for our services as domestic violence has skyrocketed.  MSP’s 24-hour hotline experienced a 75% increase in calls between 2008 and 2013.

The women and children we are committed to serve needed us more than ever.
Despite these extremely difficult conditions, the Board of Directors, MSP Executive Director Lauren C. Vaughan, her devoted staff, and our supporters have mobilized the community to take action. Examples of recent accomplishments include:

  • The 2010 completion of our shelter-Sanctuary Plus.  This expansion and renovation initiative more than doubled our emergency shelter capacity.
  • In 2012, we launched an innovative transitional-to-permanent housing program that helps families move into, and sustain, their own apartments. This program, called RISE (Reaching Independence through Survivor Empowerment), serves as a model for domestic violence programs.
  • In 2013, we began another strategic partnership to provide a free walk-in clinic that offers legal services, counseling and housing resources.

However there is much more to be done. I hope that you will be inspired to join us in our commitment to eradicate domestic violence and empower survivors to take control of their own lives.


Mazen Yacoub

Chair of the Board of Directors
My Sister’s Place