Mission: Daya supports South Asian women, their children and families who are trying to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence and reclaim their lives. Daya empowers these women by offering counseling and advocacy, promoting community awareness, and by advocating at the policy level. Daya's approach fosters individual freedom and respect leading to healthy families.
Target demographics: support South Asian survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault reclaim their lives
Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 clients
Geographic areas served: Houston and surrounding areas
Programs: trauma-informed mental health counseling, in-depth safety planning, housing and financial assistance, and advocating for high quality legal representation, education, and health
We also promote community awareness, and advocate at the policy level
Daya is an incredible success story in the family of non profits serving Houston TX minorities. Started in 1996 with a handful of volunteers and a simple hot line for victims of domestic violence, today Daya has grown into a established non profit with three full time staff that handled more than 4000 client calls in 2008.
I volunteer at Daya on a regular basis. What amazes me is the supportive relationship that Daya cultivates with its clients. I once came across a Daya client that had got out of her abusive situation and had a new stable and happy life in another state. I received her call at Daya and after a brief chit chat she said that she was just helping her son with the school home work and had a quick question about the it. In her mind the quickest and most trustworthy source of ANY help is DAYA!