“Over 20 years ago, I was so desperate to escape my abuser, I picked up everything I had, and fled in the middle of the night with all four of my children. I found shelter and community at My Sister’s Place. Their staff helped me find transitional housing, employment, and job training. I ended up receiving my certification in information technology, which has allowed me to remain employed and independent to this day.
But the story doesn’t end there. Last year, my daughter called me saying she needed help. As painful as it is for a mother to hear her daughter is experiencing the same abuse I escaped so many years ago, I immediately directed her to My Sister’s Place, because I knew they would take care of her. She is now safe in transitional housing with my grandchildren. I have My Sister’s Place to thank for taking care of my whole family. “
– LaToya*, MSP client & survivor
“I remember that first day I called and spoke to Ms. Barbara. She was my first sight of light – but then it took too long for me to be placed. I was about to give up and continue living in my unhappy and abusive marriage, but then Ms. Abby called. My second sign of light. I almost lost hope, and MSP restored and brought my hope back. The love and support has permanently lit the light which I was seeing from a distance.
I am in the process of recovery through therapy and different groups we go to here at the shelter. I will be sad to move on, and move once I find our own place. But at the same time will be rejoicing because that is what this program is for. To help women and children overcome obstacles from their past. You guys are the tunnel of light toward a better, brighter future for us.”
-Mary*, MSP client & survivor
*Names and identifying details changed to protect client confidentiality.
Fiscal Year 2017
- 2,287 Hotline callers were provided crisis intervention and safety planning
- 43 women and 80 children were provided with emergency shelter and transitional housing
- 1000 case management and counseling sessions were provided to victims of domestic violence
- 103 women and children received aftercare services
- 34 families transitioned from MSP’s program into transitional or permanent housing placements
- 20,383 pieces of literature raising awareness about domestic violence were distributed to the community
Fiscal Year 2016
- 2,478 Hotline callers were provided crisis intervention and safety planning
- 41 women and 73 children were provided with emergency shelter and transitional housing
- 1693 case management and counseling sessions were provided to victims of domestic violence
- 115 women and children received aftercare services
- 39 families transitioned from MSP’s program into transitional or permanent housing placements
The above reported numbers for FY16 have been audited by the DC Office of Victim Services Grants, one of our major funders. MSP’s fiscal year begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th.