Today is your chance to join us!
For over 40 years, My Sister’s Place has supported survivors of domestic violence by providing both emergency shelter and transitional housing as well as high-quality, trauma-informed services that address individualized needs. In the past year, 181 survivors and 329 children were served by My Sister’s Place. Our work ensures that survivors of domestic violence and their families have a safe place to heal and rebuild their lives. 

Today is YOUR chance to join us. We need to raise $100,000 by September 1 in order to meet the needs of clients. With your help, we can provide shelter, safety, and support to hundreds of survivors and children. Will you invest in our mission this year? 

Throughout the month of May, you read stories about the moms at MSP who inspire us with their courage and love, who have taught us to persevere: Mothers like Sharon, who was able to find justice against her abuser, reconnect with her daughter, and is now a strong advocate for survivors of domestic violence; or Emily, who, through hard-work and determination, was able to get her EMT recertification, find a new job, and maintain independence for her family. And then there’s Kristina, who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy while at MSP and is now getting ready to make a fresh start in her new apartment

At My Sister’s Place we believe in the power of saying Yes! to mothers like Sharon, Emily, and Kristina. To us, saying yes to a survivor means accepting them as they are in their moment of greatest need. Saying yes means that we believe in their inherent worth and their right to a better life. Saying yes means we understand that years of pain don’t heal overnight and that we’ll be with them through every step of the journey. Will you join us?

We invite you to say Yes! with us as we support survivors of domestic violence as they find safety, healing, and rebuild their lives. 

When you donate $50, you’re providing new bedding for a family that just arrived at our emergency shelter.

When you donate $250, you’re providing healthy, home-cooked meals for a family in our shelter for a month.

When you give $1000, you’re providing a fully furnished apartment for a family who is ready to move into their new home.

Together, we can support and empower survivors of domestic violence and their families. Thank you for being an essential part of our work.

P.S. Don’t underestimate how important YOU are to the families we serve! By giving today you can help survivors of domestic violence find shelter, safety, and a pathway to independence.
2021 Caesar Chavez Fellowship
This month MSP was very honored to host a fellowship with scholars of Caesar Chavez Public Chartered School. At Caesar Chavez PCS, high school scholars learn to be civic leaders committed to creating a more just, free, and equal world. Through the Fellowship Program, scholars complete a 2.5-week unpaid internship with an organization addressing the public good, allowing scholars to apply their academic knowledge and skills towards real world issues. Scholars complete their Fellowships at a variety of federal agencies, think tanks, and nonprofit organizations across the Washington, DC metro area. This year MSP was a virtual host of 5 Chavez scholars. We met via Zoom each day and made sure to provide each of the Chavez scholars with a unique and meaningful opportunity to experience how public policy ideas turn into community action. We also helped scholars develop the communication and professional skills required to be effective public servants. Scholars were able to interview some of our key staff, meet with a youth group/community partner of MSP, learn about our programs as well the meaning of domestic violence including the different types and warning signs of DV. They also brainstormed new and innovative ideas for our programs and for our social media platforms such as creating posts/hashtags, finding new trends and how to keep our volunteers and followers engaged. The scholars were very knowledgeable and professional and we tried our best to make this experience as interactive and as meaningful as possible. You can check out a few of the images of DV they found interesting in the collage created above. MSP can't wait to host another fellowship with Caesar Chavez PCS and we hope we can do it in-person next time!
Volunteer Opportunities
Children's Program

MSP has a new volunteer-led structured play program. If you would like to work with the children's program we are now conducting monthly training sessions. If you are interested or would like to learn more please contact volunteer@mysistersplacedc.org

July/August Client Moves

We are excited to invite you to volunteer to help move our families out of shelter and into their new homes in July/August. We will need a small team to meet one or two Saturdays in July/August at our storage space. We are also looking for a small moving van or vehicle, used or at a discounted rate! If you would like to help or donate, please email Angela Cavanaugh at acavanaugh@mysistersplacedc.org for more details. Please spread the word!

Bike Drive

We are still gathering all the logistics and details for our upcoming bike drive and will need helping hands. Please email volunteer@mysistersplacedc.org if you would like to volunteer.

Shelter Volunteer

Our shelter is in need of a helper that can assist with the following tasks-
tidying our basement/storage area and children’s playground/front yard and assisting with putting together a welcome package for our clients. Please email Angela Cavanaugh at acavanaugh@mysistersplacedc.org if you are interested in helping out.