who we are
A Distinct Identity
Our Sisters' House was founded in 1995 to fill a gap in services for girls of color who were adjudicated in the juvenile system. Today the organization continues to fill in a gap in services for Black and African American women and children who have been impacted and victimized by domestic violence. OSH has 5 programs that address juvenile family violence, children who have witnessed violence, a support group for African American women who are survivors of domestic violence, and advocacy programs that assist women fleeing their abusers. In Pierce County, there are several mainstream domestic violence agencies but only OSH is able to provide culturally specific advocacy and services to African American women and their families. Our programs New Directions and Stepping Stones are the only programs in Pierce County that address juvenile family violence and children exposed to violence using a holistic approach that involves the entire family with a parenting support group component.
Our Sisters' House will be working remotely in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We are still operating during normal business hours, assisting clients via phone/email/video conferencing until further notice.
Monday through Friday
Mission & Goal Statement
Our mission is to lead, empower and inspire change by eliminating domestic violence through intervention and prevention services and to Black and African American Women, girls and youth with the goal and intentions to enhance the lives of survivors of domestic violence by providing services that meet the specific cultural needs of those we serve. OSH seeks to accomplish ending the cycle of violence through youth programming, education, outreach advocacy strategies and through our collaboration with key community partners.
The goals of the organization are: To increase family functioning, strengthen families, assist Black and African American women, girls and youth in becoming self-sufficient, and help children affected by domestic violence heal, with the hopes of breaking the cycle of domestic violence.
Reinforcing our Commitment
We take outreach seriously at Our Sisters' House. We understand that our business is centered around our fellow community members. Our mission starts within the Pierce County area and we are determined to reach everyone we can. Our Sisters' House conducts outreach in a variety of ways, both informal and formal. If you or your organization is looking to get more involved or would like to receive an update on our services or what we're doing, then please call or send us a message and we can give your team more information about our services or talk about possible volunteer opportunities!
One Step at a Time
Our Sisters' House is here to educate, advocate, and support victims and survivors of domestic violence and crime victims. This is why we offer various support groups for families, teens, and individuals. If you've experienced domestic violence personally or even indirectly, then chances are that we have a support group fit for you. We have three different support groups whose curriculum is based on empowerment and education. Please give us a call or send a message if you're interested in our FREE support groups that we offer year-round!
Helping The Community
At Our Sisters' House, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts to address domestic violence. You will see OSH advocates at the Tacoma Municipal Court providing court advocacy for anyone in need. We also attend many community gatherings/meetings that are similar to our line of work. Our advocates provide connections to our clients based on their needs. In order to make meaningful connections between services and clients, we meet with our community partners and see what there is to offer. We're here to make things easier for you!
Your journey starts here
Sisters Seeking Change is a culturally specific support group that caters to African American individuals. Nonetheless, we welcome ANYONE that is a survivor of domestic violence.Over the course of the 8 weeks, topics relevant to domestic violence such as safety planning, establishing healthy relationships, rebuilding self-esteem, setting boundaries, and overcoming cultural barriers that African Americans face when dealing with domestic violence will be discussed. This program also provides childcare free of charge.
Stepping Stones uses a psycho-educational family intervention model to address the potential risks and impacts of domestic violence on the family. The intended outcomes of the program are to increase parenting skills, address coping strategies for parents & children, safety planning skills, and decreasing the effects of post-violence stress.Eight weekly sessions will be held with the non-offending parent and their children. Stepping Stones is for families with children ages 6-11 years old who have been exposed to domestic violence.
New Directions is a family focused juvenile violence prevention program. At-risk teens are taught skills which lead to successful resolution of teen initiated violence against family members. Our goals are to stop the violent behavior; increase confidence in teens to make positive changes; strengthen the family unit; and prevent juveniles from becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.
The program is offered at no cost, provides 40 hours of treatment, skill development with interactive training. The sessions are 8-weeks and meet one night a week, providing teens with individualized and tailored training on critical issues including effective communication, ability to identify triggers that cause aggression, crisis intervention and anger management..
Overcoming abuse doesn’t just happen, It takes positive steps every day. Let today be the day you start to move forward.
“At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.”
“Never let someone who contributes so little to a relationship control so much of it.”