Domestic Violence Advocacy
Assisting Victims & Survivors
Onsite family violence advocates are able to assist survivors of domestic violence by providing supportive services and helping individuals navigate community resources in such a way that maintains confidentiality and keeps the family or individual safe. Advocates are able to provide clients with DV education, safety planning, access to resources such as shelter, housing, healthcare, food/clothing, rental & utility bill assistance, or anything that may impede the safety and success of each individual. Gas and hotel vouchers may be provided based on current availability.
Onsite legal advocates can help clients navigate the legal system by offering help with protection orders, parenting plans, divorce/legal separation, assistance with the Address Confidentiality Program, paternity, and court accompaniment. Legal advocates are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice.
Eliminating Teen Violence
Our Sisters' House has implemented an interactive after-school program for the youth in the local community called “healthy relationships” This program is designed to teach teens how to have not only a healthy relationship with themselves but also with their loved ones and people they interact within their daily lives. The program utilizes activities for teens to start examining their relationships with their family, friends, partners, teachers, and mentors. We discuss ways in which they can improve these relationships and maintain them long-term. Learning about communication, boundaries, and building one’s self-esteem are key at a young age for fostering and developing healthy relationships. Developing a teen's relationship and communication skills are extremely important for their development as they begin to become more involved in relationships with other people. By giving them the tools to evaluate and improve their relationships, we hope to put them in a position to succeed and eliminate teen violence in the community. If you are interested in implementing this program in your school or classroom, please contact us at (253) 383-4275.
Building New Bridges
Building New Bridges is an evidence-based program that will enhance the future of our community by giving at-risk youth and their families the tools that they need to build relationships and meet their goals; which will contribute to the growth of our community at large. The program assists youth to become thriving, contributing individuals by enhancing communication, learning accountability, establishing positive choices, and connecting them with their parents, local businesses and services in our community. Parents gain a stronger foundation to support their teens as they grow and change. Building New Bridges provides a safe, non-judgemental, confidential and compassionate environment to promote healthy decision making and healthy choices by guiding them through interactive seminars, links to local services in the community, and a genuine and caring connection to the adults that volunteer and facilitate the program. If you would like to register or receive more information, please contact Our Sisters' House at (253) 383-4275.
Women Empowerment Wednesdays
Assisting Homeless Women in the Community
Women Empowerment Wednesday is a program that takes place every second Wednesday of the month at the Tacoma Rescue Mission. This program was created in partnership with the Tacoma Rescue Mission when both organizations realized there was a huge need for a safe space for the homeless women in Pierce County. Homeless women face many barriers when attempting to reintegrate back into the community. This program is designed to inspire homeless women through a lens of empowerment and self-sufficiency. We provide basic needs such as transportation from the encampments to and from the Rescue Mission, as well as showers, laundry, clothing, and a hot meal. Every session also includes social activities such as arts & crafts, jewelry making, makeup, and hair care. Several community partners attend the event and provide resources for housing, employment, emergency services, sex trafficking, domestic violence, and overall care. We hope that by addressing the needs of homeless women and providing them with the tools needed to feel confident to accomplish their goals, they can become self-sufficient, and reintegrate themselves back into the community. If you would like to donate women's clothing or hygiene products to the program, please contact us!
Confabulation is an online podcast where our advocates and guest speakers express their views on current events and topics. We discuss a wide range of issues that deal with politics, social justice, domestic violence, and much more! Go check us out on Youtube @ Confabulation OSH. We would love to hear your comments and even some ideas for topics that you would like to see us discuss.