Housing

Our commitment to providing housing to victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault is expressed in psalms:

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up” (Psalm 71:20) .

The Breathe… Heal … and Get Moving Homes is more than just a place to find shelter from domestic violence or sexual assault. It provides a wide spectrum of life-saving, supportive and educational services to help women or men and children leave behind a life of domestic violence and begin a new life of stability, dignity and self-sufficiency. The Breathe Heal and Get Moving Homes are nurturing, confidential and secure. With apartment style homes fully furnished (1brs, 2brs, 3brs) and single family homes in which all residents—women or men and children—receive comprehensive services to help them heal and recover from trauma and get moving to healing and restoration.  It is not political nor territorial for our family of staff members, volunteers, parents, or advocates, we just have a deep spiritual connection and believe that no one should be victimized.

All adults receive individual weekly support from a Masters-level social workers, psychologists.  Every resident participates in a Family Service Assessment, which creates a foundation for goal planning and services, including employment assistance, parenting education, financial planning, education enhancement,  and the creation of a plan to transition clients to self-sufficient housing as well as emotional support.

The children who are guest at our Breathe Heal And Get Moving Homes also receive their own specialized services that support them and their parents with various supportive services. All residents engage in a weekly in-house support groups, therapy session and a host of other supportive services that focuses on the healing process and recovery from unhealthy relationships.

Housing Characteristics

All families have their own bedroom; and can arrange or decorate them as they please. For someone fleeing domestic violence, it is important that she or he is able to unpack, settle in, and make the space theirs, something they can have control over. Some of our bedrooms even have their own bathrooms and some do not.  Living in shelter can be very challenging, and we try to make the experience seem as much like a home as possible.

The living room is another common space for gathering, relaxing, and occasional planned activities. Weekly house meetings with all residents and staff take place ther, as do birthday parties and farewell celebrations for clients leaving the home but then entering into our up to 24 months transitional housing.  A computer desk for homework and a TV/VCR/DVD player for everyone to share, and a community bulletin board with information about activities offered at the Healing Homes, events in the community, and resources that might be helpful in assisting the families to move forward. The living room is a great place for women and children to read, play, and relax together.

Children must be supervised at all times while in the Breathe Healing Homes, and the children’s playroom is a great space for parents and children to pay together. We have a great number of donated toys and books and can always use more and once a week volunteers are planned to come and work with kids while parent attend support groups. For additional information concerning our homes visit us at http://www.breathehealandgetmoving.com/healinghomes.

Why Do We Exist

We exist for the below reasons:

Statistics

The extent of domestic violence as a public safety and public health issue in the District of Columbia is staggering.

In 2011, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received 31,140 domestic-related crime calls—approximately 85 calls every 24 hours or one call every 16 minutes.

  • In 2011, a total of 5,401 clients visited DC’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers (DVICs)—an average of 21 clients each business day.
  • In the entire District of Columbia, there are only 96 shelter beds for domestic violence victims and their children. In 2011, SAFE provided emergency shelter in local hotels, when no conventional shelter space was available, for 375 adults and approximately 700 children.  The average length of stay was 3 nights per family.
  • In 2011, SAFE’s Court Advocacy Program (CAP) Advocates provided extensive crisis support and advocacy services to 3,851 victims through a total of 9,541 client contacts.
  • In 2011, SAFE’s OCAP Advocates provided after-hours assistance to 1,963 victims of domestic violence through 5,283 client contacts.
  • Since the Lethality Assessment Project started in 2009, domestic violence homicides in the District of Columbia have been cut in half.  In 2009, there were 21 victims of domestic violence homicide. In 2010, there were 12 victims of domestic violence homicide and 13 victims of domestic violence homicide in 2011. The above statistics has been provided by DC SAFE visit http://dcsafe.org/domestic-violence-info/statistics/

Is it more Political or Territorial? 

We were alarm by the shear numbers and the lack of shelter beds. Through aggressive and relentless advocating on behalf of victims NJM Center For Abused Children and Anonymous Giving Trust Fund Foundation was able to secure approximately 80 emergency shelter beds at secured locations.

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One Response to Housing

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s a shame how politics can have so much influence over housing in DC

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