Announcements & Press Releases

My Sister’s Place Partners with Silent Beacon to Provide Panic-Buttons for Domestic Violence Survivors

October 10, 2019 – My Sister’s Place Adopts New Tech to Combat Domestic Violence

My Sister’s Place is adopting stealthy new technology courtesy of Silent Beacon, enabling survivors to get immediate help in life-threatening situations. To learn more click here.

My Sister’s Place Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

October 1, 2019 – After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected My Sister’s Place to be part of the Class of 2019-20.

My Sister’s Place has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support. 

Mercedes Lemp joins MSP as its new Executive Director

April 17th, 2018 – We are pleased to announce that starting April 23rd, 2018, Mercedes Lemp will join My Sister’s Place as its new Executive Director.

We are pleased to announce that starting April 23rd, 2018, Mercedes Lemp will join My Sister’s Place as its new Executive Director. She is an accomplished, results-oriented executive with over 15 years of experience in government, association, non-profit and for-profit organizations. Prior to MSP, Mercedes served as Director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs during the Mayor Fenty’s administration, and as Executive Director of the Washington English Center. 

Hotline Operations transitioned to DC Victim Hotline

March 22nd, 2018 – My Sister’s Place transitions Hotline operations over to the DC Victim Hotline to improve services to survivors of domestic violence.

My Sister’s Place has transitioned over our hotline to the DC Victim Hotline to improve services to domestic violence hotline callers in DC. MSP will discontinue handling hotline calls, and all calls to our hotline number will be directly routed to the DC Victim Hotline (1-844-443-5732), a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime (the National Center) and funded by the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants. Read our full Public Statement below:

My Sister’s Place Awarded one of three Venable Foundation grants supporting women’s organizations in Washington, DC

November 20, 2018 – The Venable Foundation Inc., the philanthropic arm of the AmLaw 100 law firm Venable LLP, announced it awarded $105,000 in grants benefiting three Washington, DC-based women’s organizations that empower and support the healing of women and young girls who are survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. FAIR Girls, House of Ruth, and My Sister’s Place each received a $35,000 grant.

Venable Foundation Awards Three Grants Supporting Women_s Recovery Organizations News Release

Media Appearances

My Sister’s Place regularly appears on local media to advocate and share resources for survivors of domestic violence. For media inquiries, please contact our Executive Director Mercedes Lemp at 202-529-3328 or email.

October 22, 2019 – Executive Director Mercedes Lemp, Shelter Manager Elizabeth Horrigan, and Silent Beacon’s Partnerships Director Tyler Charuhas, spoke with Washington City Paper about our partnership with Silent Beacon who has donated panic buttons that allows survivors to get immediate help in life-threatening situations.

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October 16, 2019 – Executive Director Mercedes Lemp, Silent Beacon’s Partnerships Director Tyler Charuhas, and one courageous survivor spoke with NBC 4 Washington about our mission, services, and partnership with Silent Beacon who has donated panic buttons that allows survivors to get immediate help in life-threatening situations.

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October 9, 2019 – Executive Director Mercedes Lemp spoke with The Washington Times about our implementation of stealthy new technology courtesy of Silent Beacon, enabling survivors to get immediate help in life-threatening situations.

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March 2, 2018 – Interim Executive Director Valerie Graff spoke with WJLA-TV‘s Good Morning Washington highlighting MSP’s programs and our partnership with Mother2Mother – M2M.

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February 22, 2018 – Interim Executive Director Valerie Graff was interviewed for NPR’s Marketplace Business News this week! Listen in at 9’57” to hear how My Sister’s Place, Inc. has been impacted by the #MeToo movement.

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February 18, 2018 – Director of Programs Chandra Robinson joined M2M’s Executive Director Lauren Feliz-Durishin on 94.7 FM’s Fresh Perspective to highlight domestic violence, MSP’s services, and M2M’s upcoming concert benefiting My Sister’s Place on March 10th.

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Chandra Robinson, Director of Programs, speaks with NBC 4 about safety planning for domestic violence survivors.

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Chandra Robinson, Director of Programs, speaks with BET about MSP’s Batterer Intervention Program and toxic masculinity.

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