The Holidays

This is a joyous time of year for most of us but for those living in an abusive home or are struggling because they had the courage to leave their abuser and it hurt them financially, it can be very difficult to feel joy. Victims often feel so isolated, alone and hopeless.

At Our Sister’s Place, we try very hard to help our clients through the holidays by providing gifts for the children, gift cards for the survivors, food, and a refuge that empowers them and helps them to feel they are part of the community. We are available 24/7 for other services and are committed to our mission.

Community and friendship is everything to those who are rebuilding their lives. It is a long road often full of barriers and roadblocks. Our commitment is to help them through those pitfalls and lift them up, encourage them and embrace their struggles as our own because indeed they really are!

We are all touched by domestic violence – we don’t often feel that way – but we truly are. Our employer, our children’s teacher, our pastor’s wife, our doctor, our nurse, our attorney, our mayor, our neighbor, our friend, etc. etc. could all be in abusive relationships that actually affect our well-being and that of our families, every day. Domestic violence crosses all social, economic, sexual orientation, race and cultural lines.

Economic abuse is a barrier to escaping domestic violence; especially during the holidays. Did you know:

· 94-99 % of domestic violence survivors also experienced economic abuse?

· Nearly 8 million days of paid work each year is lost to domestic violence issues-the equivalent of more than 32,000 full time jobs?

· 57% of cities found that domestic violence against women and children is the top cause of homelessness?

· Intimate partner violence is estimated to cost the U.S. economy between $5.8 billion to $12.6 billion annually up to 0.125% of the national gross domestic product?

· Between 21-60% of victims of domestic violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse?

We are a community that cares about others – please, think about those we help during the holidays and those that who will need our help in the new year. Let our resolution for 2019 be to give more, volunteer and support Our Sister’s Place.

I wish everyone a Happy Holiday, Love, Peace At Home and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Jane

Transitional Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Our Sister's Place is so proud and pleased to announce that we are opening a new transitional housing facility in a confidential location in Palm Beach County.  We will be able to shelter 7 women and children who are survivors of domestic violence in a safe and nurturing home that will give them opportunities to heal both physically and emotionally as they rebuild their lives and futures.  Along with our other facility in Okeechobee County, we have expanded our Advocacy and Outreach Program to bring hope and empowerment to those who have suffered at the hands of someone they thought loved them. 

Residents can stay from 6-9 months and will continue to have counseling, education, case management, employment assistance, pro-bono legal services, food, clothing and other opportunities for a future without violence.  Male victims continue to be sheltered through our Hotel/Motel Program and receive all the services we offer.

None of this would be possible without the support and vision  of our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, funders and donors who help Our Sister's Place to become a beacon of hope for so many survivors of domestic violence.  It is amazing what vision, hard work and support can do for our community.  Together, we are unstoppable in our mission to provide services and programs but most of all to save lives!

I thank you all so very much and appreciate everything you have done for Our Sister's Place and our clients.  You are all amazing!

As always, if you know of someone who can benefit from our services, please have them call our 24/7 crisis line at 561-348-4018.

Jane Wagley
Executive Director/Program/Advocate

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October, 1981.  The intent was to connect advocates across the country who were working to end violence against women and their children.  The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state and national level.  The programs and events were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

·       Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence

·       Celebrating those who have survived

·       Connecting those who work to end violence

These themes remain a key focus of Domestic Violence Awareness Month events today.  In October, 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.   A full month of activities and events reaffirms our dedication to ending domestic violence in our community so that no one suffers the pain and hardship that domestic violence creates.

In 2015, Palm Beach County lost 11 individuals to domestic violence and there were over 5,500 reported incidents.  We must continue to raise awareness and provide prevention education as well as increase the availability of critical immediate assistance programs and long term resources so that survivors can rebuild their lives.

Our Sister’s Place, Inc. is proud to sponsor our 4th annual “Shine A Light On Domestic Violence” Awareness Event on October 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Jupiter Lighthouse.  Please join us and our guest speakers as we stand strong with victims and survivors and proudly partake in our own Domestic Violence Awareness Month activity.  We stand together with all those who work so hard to end domestic violence and ask you to “Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence” with us as well.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Knowledge is Power

First Published in the Beacon Magazine

In 2014 there were 4,987 reported incidents of domestic violence in Palm Beach County. This is 1/7th of the actual number of inci­dents that occurred in our communities. There were 11 individ­uals who died at the hands of someone they thought loved them. We mourn these senseless deaths along with all those who have died so tragically throughout the world.

There will be a worldwide moment of silence on October 1 at 11 a.m. to remember and honor these victims. At the local level, Our Sister’s Place, Inc. is sponsoring an event on October 15 at 8 p.m. at Harbourside Place in Jupiter to raise awareness and join togeth­er to end domestic violence in our community. Please join us as we “Shine A Light” on domestic violence. Together we can take a stand, show our support and be a part of the solution!