My Sisterâ€™s Place, Inc
Annual Report 2017 1436 U Street NW, Ste 303 Washington DC 20009 Phone: (202) 529-5261 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web : www.mysistersplacedc.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
MAZEN YACOUB Chairperson
D I I
MARTHA SHANNON, CPA Treasurer
am pleased to report that 2017 has been a year of progress and growth for My Sister’s Place (MSP).
ndividual donations rose by 60% thanks to the generosity of MSP’s new and long term friends and the hard work of the administrative staff. MSP also received a wealth of support from its community partner organizations, local businesses both large and small, and the government of the District of Columbia. In December 2017 MSP was touched by an outpouring of donations in response to the annual holiday appeal. Our office quickly became flooded with goods and supplies for our clients and their children.
he dedication of the client service team in 2017 enabled MSP to successfully transition 34 families into permanent and transitional housing. That’s 34 families who left Sanctuary Plus, MSP’s shelter, and established safe and stable homes, away from their abusers.
SP looks forward to continued delivery of life-changing programs but can only do so with the support of the community. Through the generosity of individual donors, funders and partners, and the commitment of MSP’s staff, clients receive so much more than just shelter and counselling. They receive a safe and independent future.
BEVERLY ALLEN, ESQ. Member
GEORGE BEDNAR, CPA Member
KATRINA CLEMONS Member
NOELLE DUBIANSKY Member
BRENDA GAINES Member
VALERIE GRAFF Ex Officio
MICHELLE KISLOFF, ESQ. Member
KRISTEN MADDUX Member
SARAH MILLER, CPA Member
lease enjoy this opportunity to learn more about our work this year.
ZOE SHARP Member
hank you MSP donors and partners!
CAROLYN THOMPSON Member
Mazen Yacoub Board Chair
CAMILLE WHEELER Member
CONTENT LETTER FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS
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MY SISTER’S PLACE
OUR MISSION My Sister’s Place (MSP) seeks to end domestic violence and empower survivors to live healthy, independent lives free from violence. For over 40 years, MSP has been an innovator in changing lives by providing DC’s first hotline and first domestic violence shelter, and now by taking a public health approach to the epidemic of domestic violence. As DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter, we have served as a cornerstone of the District’s response to this pressing public health issue since 1979. MSP is unique in offering a full continuum of care from immediate crisis on our hotline through transitional-to-permanent housing. Our experienced team of professional social workers provides clinical counseling, case management, and comprehensive services to empower survivors to recover and thrive. MSP also provides training, case consultation, and advocacy to engage communities to prevent violence and abuse. Our goal is to end domestic violence, and empower everyone to build healthy lives and relationships.
Thank you... to our Staff
for making this work possible
Interim Exec Director
remember that first day I called and spoke to Ms. Barbara. She was my first sight of light - but then it took too long for me to be placed. I was about to give up and continue living in my unhappy and abusive marriage, but then Ms. Abby called. My second sign of light. The love and support has permanently lit the light which I was seeing from a distance. I almost lost hope, and MSP restored and brought my hope back.
am in the process of recovery through therapy and different groups we go to here at the shelter. I will be sad to move on once I find our own place. But at the same time will be rejoicing because that is what this program is for. To help women and children overcome obstacles from their past. You guys are the tunnel of light toward a better, brighter future for us.
Latino Outreach Coordinator
Development & Comms Associate
Volunteer & Operations Coord
Holtine & Residential Counselor
Administration & HR Manager
LYKEYIA LUCAS Holtine & Residential Counselor
CRISMEILY MALONEY Family Care Coordinator
o everyone who was involved in getting us gifts, I thank you all. My little one got their first toys and Christmas outfit. I asked for books for them, and they got a book that has 365 stories. A story a day for the whole year. I actually teared up when I opened their gift box.
Shelter Programs Manager
Grants & Finance Manager
MANGA OMASOMBO, LGSW Community Case Manager
ver 20 years ago, I was so desperate to escape my abuser, I picked up everything I had, and fled in the middle of the night with all four of my children. I found shelter and community at My Sister’s Place. Their staff helped me find transitional housing, employment, and job training. I ended up receiving my certification in information technology, which has allowed me to remain employed and independent to this day.
ut the story doesn’t end there. Last year, my daughter called me saying she needed help. As painful as it is for a mother to hear her daughter is experiencing the same abuse I escaped so many years ago, I immediately directed her to My Sister’s Place, because I knew they would take care of her. She is now safe in transitional housing with my grandchildren. I have My Sister’s Place to thank for taking care of my whole family.
*Names and identifying details changed to protect client confidentiality
Residential Services Assistant
CHANDRA ROBINSON, LGSW Director of Programs
ABBY SINGH, LGSW
Shelter Case Manager
PART-TIME HOTLINE & RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: Tashaunya Blake Shana Diagne Shara Hayden Pascale Jeannot Margot Kirkland Barbara Matthews LaTasha Osei Zenobia Proctor Porsha Taylor
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
PROGRAMS & SERVICES A CONTINUUM OF CARE... MSP is unique in offering a full continuum of care, from immediate crisis on our 24hour hotline through transitional-to-permanent housing. Our experienced team of professional social workers provides clinical counseling, case management, and comprehensive services to empower survivors to recover and thrive. MSP also provides training, case consultation, and advocacy to engage communities to prevent violence and abuse.
INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS: BATTERER INTERVENTION
TRANSITIONAL TO PERMANENT HOUSING
24-HOUR HOTLINE & AFTERCARE
Batterer Intervention (BIP) is our newest program that seeks to end domestic violence through providing low-income fathers who are batterers with tools to address their abusive behavior.
Sanctuary Plus, our 90-day shelter, and Reaching Independence through Survivor Empowerment (RISE), our transitional to permanent housing program, comprise our residential programs.
Help doesnâ€™t end with our 90-day shelter. Our hotline is available 365 days a year & residents receive 3 months of aftercare with their case managers after exiting shelter.
BIP is a 24-week intensive program facilitated by licensed clinicians in which MSP staff provide a safe place for batterers to learn about healthy relationships, accountability for their abusive behavior, and ways to replace abuse with positive and healthy behaviors. MSP is using the Men Stopping Violence curriculum that acknowledges systems of oppression and empowers men to build communities that support men in achieving healthy relationships.
Sanctuary Plus provides shelter to up to 45 women and children. Residents receive individual & group counseling, case-management, and referrals addressing their unique challenges. RISE is a one-year model in which staff provide case management, financial literacy training, and life planning. Rent payments are subsidized on a gradually declining scale by MSP, and residents have the option to remain in the homes they built for themselves upon completing the program.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1979, hotline counselors guide callers through crisis intervention, safety planning, and referrals. Clients leaving our programs benefit from ongoing contact with case-management staff for a minimum of 90 days to support them in their independence, including counseling, referrals to community-based services, and advocacy, reducing the likelihood of revictimization.
PROGRAM IMPACT ... OCTOBER 2016 - SEPTEMBER 2017* My Sister’s Place provides holistic care to our clients by licensed case managers. Our combination of clinical care and a survivor-friendly approach to domestic violence allows us to create a continuum of care that leads to empowerment and independence. *Numbers are based on quarterly reports to the DC Office of Victim Services, one of our major funders. MSP’s fiscal year begins on Oct 1st and ends on Sept 30th. The numbers for our most recent quarter (Oct to Dec 2017) are not reflected below, but will be available on our website as soon as reporting is complete.
2,287 HOTLINE CALLERS
123 WOMEN & CHILDREN
2287 victims of domestic violence received referrals, crisis intervention, and safety planning.
43 women and 80 children were provided with emergency shelter and transitional housing.
34 families transitioned from MSP’s program into transitional or permanent housing placements.
20,383 PIECES OF LITERATURE
103 WOMEN & CHILDREN
20,383 pieces of literature were distributed to the community to raise awareness about domestic violence.
103 women and children received aftercare services, including continued case management & in kind gifts.
1000 case management and counseling sessions were provided to victims of domestic violence.
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COMMUNITY ... OUTREACH & EVENTS Eradicating domestic violence requires a coordinated community response that embraces prevention and intervention. MSP partners with law enforcement, the legal community, clergy, and others to ensure that service providers and community members are equipped to appropriately respond to victimsâ€™ needs. MSP raises awareness about domestic violence in English and Spanish with a focus on prevention and intervention through the distribution of literature, dissemination of information at events, and innovative projects. Additionally, in collaboration with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project and DASH, weekly walk-in clinics and support groups are held within the community to provide support to individuals faced with domestic violence. Our events from 2017 included Paint the Town Purple, Beat the Street Ward 5, PSA 702 trainings, Domestic Violence Awareness Month #SpreadLove Campaign, and our signature outreach event, the Clothesline Project.
We stand for SIMPLICITY clothesline Project volunteers (Above & Right)
Clothesline Project 2017 Our 2017 Clothesline Project was held on October 13th on U Street. The annual project brings together supporters and allies in the fight against domestic violence to empower survivors and help raise awareness. This advocacy event consists of showcasing T-shirts containing self-written powerful messages created by survivors and others honoring survivors. We hung over 200 T-shirts and were accompanied by many of our great volunteers and community partners. Vernon Martinâ€™s Salon benefits MSP in their 24 Hours for a Cause Hair-A-Thon (Above)
PARTNERS My Sister’s Place relies on community partners to provide comprehensive care to our clients. The success of our programs and events relies on the dedication of our volunteers, service partners, and donors.
OUR PARTNERS The Anchor Fund
The Family Place
Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Center
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Bread for the City
House of Ruth
Cake Brigade Chicktime
Institute fo Women’s Policy Research
Central American Resource Center
Love By the Handles
Community Family Life Services
DC Child & Family Services Agency
DC Coallition Against Domestic Violence
National Network to End Domestic Violence
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
The Rosemount Center
DC Metropolitan Police Department Reed Smith LLP Room to Rebloom DC Safe Department of Behavioral Health Department of Health
VOLUNTEERS We are proud to have a group of over 100 volunteers ready and willing to help, just a phone call or
email away. This year, volunteers were key to the success of our annual Clothesline Project and our Holiday Mailing, which raised over $100,000. The willingness of individuals to give their time to pass out literature, fold letters, stuff envelopes, and hang clotheslines translates into saved staff time and saved money to put toward our programs. Thank you!
Recent additions to our growing list of partners include the Anchor Fund, Room to Rebloom, and Chicktime. The Anchor Fund supports women in our shelter and RISE program with money for food, rent, and other needs, while Chicktime provides monthly structured activities for children who live in our shelter. Room to Rebloom fills a major need by decorating and furnishing housing for clients moving into transitional housing. These new partnerships build on the network of organizations (above) that work with us to provide comprehensive serivces. We could not provide our exemplary care withouth their input and support.
Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Department of Human Services
U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
District Alliance - Safe Housing
University of Maryland
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING & GIFT DRIVES We saw a significant increase in community support in 2017. Multiple small business and restaurants held over 20 fundraisers and gift drives benefiting My Sister’s Place, including fundraisers by Alpha Chi Omega Beta Rho Chapter, Bar Pilar, Bluejacket, Café Saint-Ex, Gordon Biersch, GW Take Back the Night, Microsoft, V-Day East of the River, and Vernon Martin’s Salon. In addition, we had so many individuals, sororities, local organizations, and businesses 20+ host gift drives for us, that our office and shelter literally overflowed with clothings, toiletries, diapers, and other essentials for our clients. We want to thank American Federation of State, County & Municiple Employees, Association of Interdenominational Ushers, Café Saint-Ex, DC Coallition Against Domestic Violence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Food & Friends, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority Delta Pi Chapter, High Society of DC Events, National Partnership for Women & Families, Pierce Atwood LLC, Whelan Security Team, and our holiday family sponsors for generously organizing various gift drives.
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4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Charity Navigator awarded My Sister’s Place four out of a possible four stars. This indicates that My Sister’s Place adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities, and that My Sister’s Place consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITY FY17* *For entire audited finanicals, please see our website. Our fiscal year runs from Oct 1st to Sept 30th
FY17 EXPENSES* *FY17 Expenses and Statement of Activity are based on unaudited numbers. We will post our FY17 Audited Financials on our website as soon as the audit is complete.
GIVING THAT ENDS VIOLENCE AND EMPOWERS LIVES In 2017, we saw a siginificant increase in support, both financially and in in-kind giving. Our offices were flooded with gifts for individual families during our Sponsor a Family Holiday Campaign. Likewise, our holiday mailing was met with nearly triple the level of giving from last year. While our shelter receives government funding, services
such as RISE and our Batterer Intervention Program are increasingly reliant on supporters like you to continue. These are the programs that reduce recidivism and revictimization through prevention, education, and empowerment. Thank you for believing in our work, and partnering with us to end domestic violence.
Itâ€™s our donors lik you who allow us to create and implement progressive and empowering programs that help survivors of domestic violence heal and thrive. Gamma Phi Delta, Delta Pi Chapter (left) collected gifts for our Holiday Family Sponsorship
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