Last week I made a large product donation to My Sister’s Place, a 30-day domestic violence shelter for women in Chandler. Our donation included an assortment of Aromatherapy Bath Salts, Whipped Sugar Scrubs, and Fizzy Foaming Baths.
My Sisters’ Place focuses on the needs and education of the women, but also has a great deal of programming for their children, offering art therapy and trust-building activities. The staff of the shelter works with women on legal, safety and personal issues during their stay. They provide domestic violence education groups and have a case manager assigned to each family. After the stay at My Sisters’ Place, women have the option of applying to Pathways, a transitional housing program. Currently Pathways has only one house and two apartments, which limits the number of families it can support.
According to the Arizona Governor’s office, law enforcement officers respond to a domestic violence call every five minutes in Arizona. To raise awareness there is a Walk to End Domestic Violence every April in downtown Phoenix. The annual walk helps to cover basic costs for many shelters throughout Arizona.