Since My Sister's House began in 2001, it has sought to eliminate domestic violence in the Sacramento region, particularly in under-served Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It is unique among Central Valley domestic violence shelters because it is the only one with a culturally specific focus. No victim needing assistance is turned away because of their ethnicity. My Sister's House is unique because of its expertise in addressing the language and cultural needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, which constitute approximately 15% of Sacramento's population. Since its establishment, My Sister's House has been able to provide more than 47,000 bed nights of shelter and safety for abused women and children at its emergency safe haven.
In the fall of 2012, My Sister's House opened up a six-bed transitional house. In addition to its emergency safe haven and transitional house, My Sister's House operates a 24-hour multilingual Crisis Line, which has helped more than 40,000 victims identify and attain needed services since establishment. Complementing these emergency services is our innovative Women to Work Program, which provides employment training to support domestic violence survivors in developing economic and emotional self-sufficiency. My Sister's House has served over 2,000 survivors seeking employment, career advancement, and financial stability. Another important part of My Sister's House services is our outreach and community education program. My Sister's House has made more than 1,000 presentations to local schools, businesses, organizations, and places of worship, and has also participated in more than 250 community fairs. Through these engagements, we have educated more than 60,000 people about domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. My Sister's House has organized fifteen conferences on human trafficking to educate and engage law enforcement, social service providers and other community officials. Additionally, My Sister's House has provided training across the state on cultural responsiveness.