In 2012, we launched RISE (Reaching Independence through Survivor Empowerment), an innovative transitional-to-permanent housing program. We work to rebuild clients' credit and budgeting skills, help them secure employment and leases in their own names, and provide a gradually declining rental subsidy for 12 months (with the option to extend up-to an additional 12 months).
Our Programs and Services
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 ensures that victims are not faced with the anxiety and re-traumatization by having to repeat their story to numerous counselors.
Last year, 92.3% of families who exited our shelter moved to more stable, safe homes. They did not fall into 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, the first year of RISE, every family served leased an apartment in their own name, paid their rent with help from MSP through 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.
In fall 2010, we completed our initiative to expand and renovate our emergency shelter, Sanctuary Plus, to provide shelter for up to 45 women and children. The 9,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility features 15 bedrooms, a childrenís resource center, a secure playground, and a commercial kitchen with a full-time chef who plans nutritious meals for families. During their approximately 90-day stay at Sanctuary Plus, residents develop and pursue goals towards long-term safety and independence.
Our community outreach program raises awareness about domestic violence through the distribution of literature, trainings, dissemination of information at events, and innovative projects. Some of our special projects include:
MSP's free and confidential 24-hour hotline has served as a lifeline in the District since 1976. Last year, our hotline provided support and referrals to 2,512 women, men, and even children - a 65.4% increase in calls since 2008.
Help is available 24 hours daily, 7 days per week at 202-529-5991. If you are calling from a personal cell phone or house phone, please keep in mind that your abuser may be tracking your telephone usage.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
In 2006, we began our partnership with the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund, launching our off-site Emergency Services Center. Through referrals from the DC Courts, victims of domestic violence receive 30 days of shelter at a central location where they receive counseling from MSP's staff. This public-private partnership leverages our expertise and the Courts' position to maximize impact on our most vulnerable residents.