My Sister's Place

Aug 31,2011
“You live in a constant state of fear. And it doesn’t get better over time, it gets worse.”

This is how Cecilia of Newport, a victim of spouse abuse, describes the situation that she lived in for more than 15 years. Her husband kept her isolated from family and friends and made physical threats against her and her children to keep her from telling anyone about the abuse.

Finally, things got so bad that a friend talked Cecilia into going to the Department of Human Services. It was there that she found out about a resource she didn’t know existed in Newport – My Sister’s Place. The staff of My Sister’s Place offer an emergency shelter, advocacy, support groups and more to those who have suffered abuse.

When she arrived at My Sister’s Place, Cecilia was at the end of her rope. Over the next several weeks, she slowly found hope and healing as staff helped her access legal counsel, mental health services and begin a job search.

“They moved heaven and earth to help me,” she says. “I can’t say enough about what they did for me. If it wasn’t for My Sister’s Place, I would not be where I am now: self-sufficient, working – a new person.”

“We function a lot like an extended family here,” says Aracelly Guevara (pictured here), My Sister’s Place support services provider. “Many of our clients stay in touch with us long after they’ve left. We watch out for each other and we do what it takes to help clients succeed.”

Increasing support networks for families is one of six community health priorities supported by Samaritan Health Services through its annual Social Accountability Grants. This year, Samaritan awarded grants totaling $244,690 to local non-profits such as My Sister’s Place as part of an overall community health investment of more than $110 million.