By Lindiwe Vilakazi
At the dawn of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, My Sister’s Place, a community organization providing care to support victims of domestic violence and their children , opened the doors to a new office space location. The new site helps the organization expand its services to provide continued shelter and domestic needs for those looking to restart their lives.
To celebrate the new space, which will host up to six families, My Sister’s Place, along with Amerigroup DC, held a ribbon cutting on Oct. 3. Amerigroup DC also presented a $55,000 check to help continue supporting the many families that walk through the My Sister’s Place doors.
“We are standing in our new office space which is so critical, especially as inflation and housing is such a critical issue in D.C.,” said Mercedes Lemp, executive director of My Sister’s Place. “The number one thing for the clients that come to us is safety and shelter. It’s bad enough having to deal with the barriers of domestic violence, but then to have to do that in Washington, D.C. which is so hard, so we are so grateful for the support.”