Dear MSP friends, 

This Mother’s Day, we invite you to support the incredible mothers in our MSP community who bravely fled domestic abuse and are rebuilding their lives for themselves and their children. With the mayor’s planned budget cuts for emergency rental services and housing in DC, a gift from you this Mother’s Day will help us maintain the number of clients we serve in our emergency and transitional housing programs (currently, nearly 500 women and children.) 
Moreover, your generosity allows us to grow the Fresh Start Fund, our dedicated source of financial support for survivors of domestic violence. Financial abuse is a major barrier to the women we serve gaining independence and safety for themselves and their children.
The Fresh Start Fund gives our clients cash payments, no strings attached, for big expenses that could otherwise derail their stability. In the last year, the Fresh Start Fund granted over $350,000 in requests from our clients, including employment training, tuition payments, car repairs, debt repayment, child care, school supplies, utility bills, and more.
A gift from you this Mother’s Day allows us to continue this lifeline for the clients we serve – please consider a donation to the Fresh Start Fund or our other programs today. Your support ensures families remain safely housed and lets the moms we serve know they have a community to lean on. 

With gratitude, 
Mercedes Lemp   
Executive Director 
Can't Give? Consider Volunteering!
James Smith-Williams, Washington Commanders NFL football player, Set The Expectation ambassador, and My Sister's Place reading volunteer.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our newly redesigned Volunteer page, to make it easier for you to support survivors of domestic violence. The updated page features clear and concise steps on registering to volunteer and a comprehensive calendar of upcoming events and opportunities, including our children's programming, move-in support, and seasonal events.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Angela Cavanaugh, at
Wish List from New Moms
Several mothers in our programs are expecting and have created a Wish List of items for their little ones. You can easily show your support for these moms and their new babies through our Amazon Wish List. By donating items from our Amazon Wish List, you can shower a new mom with kindness this Mother's Day.

If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Manager Angela Cavanaugh at
Shawn Wright, Board Chair
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Gilbert Smith, Treasurer
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