MSP is one of only two shelters that accepts entire families fleeing domestic violence. And it meets survivors wherever they are in their journeys: from an emergency shelter that houses up to 45 people (adults find a welcoming home and resources for their children), to transitional housing programs that support both shelter clients and survivors referred by sister organizations (RISE for one and RISE Plus for two years of support), to after-care clients and survivors outside of the residential program who still seek help. The bilingual staff also collaborates with organizations that serve immigrant communities, addressing the special challenges they face. Trauma-informed counseling and solutions-focused case management help survivors develop and pursue stable, independent lives. Special funds support them in managing temporary financial crises or setting up new homes. Itís a true continuum of care, available to clients as long as they need it.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

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