The new year has presented new challenges, but also renewed support. Our first challenge of the year came right over the New Year's holiday, when our shelter flooded from a burst pipe, damaging the shelter's electricity panels and causing a power outage. With the freezing weather over the New Year's weekend, MSP staff had to evacuate residents to ensure their safety.

The outpouring of support from our community partners, such as the Office of Tenant Advocates and DC Safe, as well as the dedication of our staff, ensured that all families were safe and warm, and that the Shelter reopened within a week. It's challenges like these that prove how dedicated and supportive our partners and staff are.

Along with partner support, we have been encouraged by our donor support. In response to our holiday campaign, supporters donated over $112,000 , far exceeding our expectations. This unprecedented generosity shows that we live in a community that cares about ending domestic violence and empowering survivors.

As we look ahead to February and March, we have multiple local artists holding events with proceeds benefitting My Sister's Place for V-Day 2018 and International Women's Day , which we are excited to share with you below.

Lastly, My Sister's Place continues to grow. Two new Board members, featured below, joined our ranks, bringing new expertise and passion. And we received a four-star rating on Charity Navigator , proving our commitment to transparency and financial integrity. Moving forward in 2018, we look forward to continued growth, both within MSP and in our broader community.

The My Sister's Place Team