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My Sisters House

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: Serve the needs of asian and pacific islander women and children impacted by domestic violence by providing a culturally appropriate safe haven, crisis line, women to work program, and community services.

Programs: Women to work program - provided help to more than 250 domestic violence survivors to help them attain financial self-sufficiency.

outreach and education - provided over 300 presentations on domestic violence and human trafficking, and participated in two dozen community fairs, education more than 5000 individuals.

shelter - operated a six bed shelter (safe haven) and six bed transitional house and provided 2500 nights of shelter, utilities, food and case management services to 40 asian pacific islanders and other women and children

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

My Sister's House is an amazing organization. They really address the needs and the seriousness of the different cultural barriers and sensitive issues. They are very aware of the issues when it comes to conflict resolution in the API community and between the families, and with that it really helps in finding a resolution that fits the needs of the individual clients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first approached My sisters House with my 20 month old daughter, after I was strangled and threatened to be killed by my husband. In our first meeting their safe haven manager offered excellent crisis support and advice. She informed me about all my legal rights, options and also advised me about the right course of action. I have been associated with them for almost a year and a half now and things have gotten so much more complicated. I am going through a highly contentious divorce with felony criminal charges and no-contact orders against my husband. This has been a highly traumatic phase for me and my daughter. The only supportive and constant factor through it all is the help from family and relentless guidance and support from MSH (My sister's House). True to it's name, the volunteers from MSH are truly sisters from other mothers! I know that I can call MSH anytime I'm in need and can count on a volunteer to be there by my side. From their highly successful Women to work program to accompanying me for emotional hearings to coming to my daughter's aide when CPS was involved to directing me to the right resources for help, MSH exceedes any expectations I had from them. I feel completely safe and taken care of under their guidance. Personally, when everyone in my cultural community (Asian) treated my situation with DV like a communicable disease, MSH came forward to help me build my self-esteem, gain some courage to speak the truth and fight for justice. For a very small organizations, they offer admirable shelter, legal and counselling services. I know their employees and volunteers are on call (24x7) and do the absolute best they can to hep victims and survivors of domestic violence. I feel very blessed that I found My Sister's house and truly feel like I have found another family in them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Sister's House has been a great help to me and to the victims and survivors of domestic violence. MSH helped me overcome the trials, frustration, family shame, depression that I was experienced due to an abusive relationship. The organization also provided a place to stay and food to eat during the time I need it the most. MSH Board Members and Staffs are caring, sincere and very supportive. It is fun to work with the people at MSH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I got here I felt so terrible, dealing with a lot of problems. They teach me how to increase my self-esteem and how or what to do with my problems, I feel better myself and also that helps me to raise my children, they really help a lot, I wish they keep with the classes and all the help they have. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

He has verbally harassed for a long time and eventually out of control and hit me (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

13

Client Served

Rating: 5

MSH has been a blessing in helping me transition from being in a violent relationship. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

This class is for domestic violence. I had an incident happen with my boyfriend and CPS made me come here. Im glad they do have programs here in Sacramento like this. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a single, independent mother of two kids. Struggle for nothing but the best and since I have come into this program it has not only helped me but it allowed me to understand that I can help myself and to love myself. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 3

I made bad decisions, acted irrationally, and am now re-inventing myself = Mom Yvonne (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been through more than I can handle. But coming to this program really helped me move on. I know that there are plenty of people going through the same thing as me, but actually MEETING them is what helped me. And hearing how each dealed with it helped me deal with my own problem. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoy this class. Great people, great support. (This review was entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single black mother, I have 2 children and just divorced in April 03, 08. My ex husband was very abusive to me around my friends, family and worst behind close doors. One day I came to wic and was very depressed, down and lost. The staff at wic took me to a place called My Sister's House. I now am doing a lot better but I need more time with My Sister's House. My ex abused me today. I am afraid. I need to talk w/a staff or someone who can help me here, they're great! (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Devastated, doubtful I'm an older female and was subjected to domestic violence with my long term partner went to jail for it. He can talk to anymore and make them believe in him and can make them feel a certain way. That's what happened - he never showed this side of him up until 7 yrs. ago. I have never been in a degredating position and humiliation to this extent. When I came here I did not know what to expect (other than thinking I went to jail) and I'm now a labeled individual.) Instead, they brought comfort, knowledge and understanding peace of mind to heal and get on with life. entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived with violence all my life. Until one day I got tired of having to be living with it for my family and I. My family and I were in danger with domestic violence happening in the house. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got lots of support and legal help. (this review was entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had several legal issues that needed to be addressed. Without their help I would have become a lost statistic. They listened and actually understood and cared about my problems and did not try and pass me off to another organization. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am agradecida por encontrar este lugar de apollo emocional, moral, economico, legal. Espero que mi asunto legal se resuelva satisfactoriamente. Confio en el personal. He aprendido cosas aunque quisa no participo mucho, si pongo atención y aprendo. [I am thankful that I found this place of emotional, moral, economic, and legal support. I hope that my legal matter is resolved satisfactorily. I trust the staff. I have learned things, even though maybe I don't participate, I pay attention and learn.] (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began as a client, I have grown and seen others change. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I got here I don't felt well. I felt sad and angry. Now I feel good and happy. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an immigrant to this country and also a victim and survivor of domestic violence. My Sister's House helped me in many ways. When I was with my abuser, I felt that my whole world was tumbling down. I wasn't allowed to talk to my neighbor and I could only talk to my family if Mr.H was around. There are moments, when he got angry and drunk that he would grabbed and hold me tight to hurt me. He told me that, “I am just a woman and I’m not smart. He told me that God isn’t the one who give me the blessing so he stopped in going to church. After a while living in an abusive environment made me feel that I’m losing my mind. I decided to leave my abuser carrying the deep wound inside. Luckily, My Sister's House provided me shelter, food and legal assistance the time I needed it the most. God is watching me because HE sent me ANGELS from My Sister’s House who are determine to give support, encouragement and hope during my dark times. I will say today that I'm in a better place with the help of My Sister's House.