MSP - A Year Into COVID-19
COVID-19 has been especially hard for the families we serve, in response our direct services team have doubled down in providing uninterrupted case management and supportive services. Our clinical team has noted an increase in anxiety and mental health needs, especially in our community clients. MSP converted our weekly domestic violence resource clinic to a virtual clinic, and we are conducting phone and video conference appointments for survivor reaching out for assistance. Most of our services are offered virtually, using video conferencing platforms - this includes support groups, virtual tutoring and children’s group, and telehealth sessions. MSP even provides virtual art-therapy, dropping off art supplies at a families’ doorstep so that they can continue to participate in art-therapy.

MSP staff have provided contactless cleaning supplies, PPE, basic toiletries, groceries, and grocery gift cards to help offset the financial burdens of the pandemic. We made necessary adjustment and accommodations to maintain safety and avoid the spread of the virus, increasing shelter cleaning and sanitizing, providing PPE, conducting health and wellness checks, and practicing social distancing. Our school-aged survivors at the shelter have been doing virtual learning. MSP has provided additional access to computers and boosted our internet to accommodate the increased need.

MSP has enhanced our workforce development and empowerment workshops at the shelter and in the community and increased access to addiction counseling and therapy sessions to meet the increased need brought about by COVID-19.

A Time Magazine article from February 3, 2021, “Domestic Violence Is a Pandemic Within the Covid-19 Pandemic”, noted not only that domestic violence has grown but that it is likely that many victims have not been able to seek support because of lock-downs and reduced access to services. It also foresees that as “vaccines roll out and case counts drop and quarantine ends, partners who were abused during lockdown may begin to re-emerge.” MSP is preparing for an increase in need.

Several similar reports have noted that lockdowns and social isolation has increased the risk of domestic violence and have further removed access to social support structures. We have seen this first-hand. During this critical time for domestic violence survivors, MSP is more committed than ever to continuing and enhancing our life-saving programs. We know the urgency and demand for our work makes it critical that we are able to respond to the unfortunate by-product of the pandemic, an increase of domestic violence. MSP will continue to seek the support needed to enhance our ability to serve families fleeing domestic violence.  
Love Notes to MSP
MSP received an abundance of love and goodies on Valentines Day from the community.

An amazing teacher at KIPP DC KEY Academy in Benning Ridge (Ward 7) reach out to MSP this month to ask if she could have her students make virtual Valentine’s Day cards to MSP residents at our shelter and clients in the community. Here are a few of the notes that were in the card, some of the virtual cards they created during class pictured above.

Hi I am MC at KIPP DC Key Academy and I want to give you some love because it has been a difficult time for you. I want you to have a great time and have fun. Also, Happy Valentine's Day! - MC

Hello! I am ET and I go to Key Academy. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! And I hope you guys are doing good and staying safe.

Hey! My name is D at Key Academy and I wanted to show you some love because I know its rough especially during the pandemic. Love D!
Help MSP Prepare a Home for a Domestic Violence Survivor and Her Children
Please join us next month as we furnish and decorate the new home of a survivor of domestic violence. Our families are excited to be able to be in their own home, free from violence, but need a little support to furnish it and make it feel like home.

Please sign-up here if you would like to donate items or to help build and move furniture into the home. Once you're all signed-up, you will receive a confirmation email immediately and then a more detailed email with more information regarding the move, closer to the move date. If you would like to help build and move, this means that you must be willing to assist with the lifting, carrying, loading and then moving items into the survivors' home. If you would like to donate items to our client, you will need to make arrangements for drop-off or pick-up of the items.

You may contact Angela Cavanaugh, our Development and Volunteer Manager, if you have any questions - (202) 540-1049 or email us at volunteer@mysistersplacedc.org.

We appreciate you bringing your donations and staying to help for as long as you can.
With your support and community leadership, we can continue our mission and provide our survivors with a safe environment where they can begin again, giving families an amazing start to the upcoming holiday season!

Thank you!
You can assist families who suffered domestic violence but are now in a position to rebuild their lives by donating a gift card to help support, stabilize, and empower survivors as they create safe homes for themselves and their families. Please email acavanaugh@mysistersplacedc.org for more information.
Help to grow MSP in many ways!
  • Make a one-time or recurring donation to support our mission, including the Fresh Start Fund to provide safe housing for survivors of domestic abuse.

  • Provide basic necessities such as diapers, wipes, blankets, and feminine products via our Amazon Wish List.

  • Volunteer with us! We have many flexible volunteer opportunities allowing you or your group to support survivors during the holiday season, and throughout the year.