Sister To Sister

 

Sister To Sister is St. Mark's UM Women's ministry to the Kathy J. Weinman Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. St. Mark's Women have been involved with supporting the shelter since it was first started and joined a women's auxiliary group called HAVEN. After some years Haven was disbanded. St. Mark's Women wanted to still have a special connection with the Weinman Shelter and started our Sister To Sister ministry.

 

St. Mark's Women support the Weinman Shelter by collecting personal care items, providing much needed bus passes, and giving a personal touch to the residents by putting together birthday boxes and valentine treats. We also try and fulfill special requests for items from the shelter when asked. For example this spring we collected needed umbrellas for the residents.

 

Our Sister To Sister coordinator, Ruth Lacy, helps to keep us up-to-date on the Weinman Shelter and how we can be in ministry to the shelter and its residents.

 

How can you help?

  • Personal care items are always needed. You may drop off any women's personal care items (shampoo, conditioner, brush/comb, soap, feminine products, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc) to a box in the church's mailroom anytime. Please no travel size.
  • Bus passes are always needed to help the residents get to their job, school, interviews, shopping. Please see Ruth Lacy about donating money for bus passes.

Women supporting women of domestic violence - St. Mark's Sister To Sister. 

 

 

Information about the Kathy J. Weinman Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

 

The Kathy J. Weinman Shelter is a 39 bed domestic violence program for abused women and their children.

 

The Shelter's mission is:  To enhance the quality of life for women and their children who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence.

 

Working together with individuals, families, and the community to break the cycle of violence, they provide safety, encouragement, support, and education through an array of comprehensive services.

 

Shelter staff provides services for women and children including: 

  • A safe and confidential living environment staffed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year by well trained, caring individuals.
  • Crisis Intervention, Hotline and Referral Services
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Needs
  • Case Management including safety planning, goal setting and educational groups
  • Medical, Legal, Educational, Vocational and Social Service Advocacy
  • Health Evaluations and Referrals
  • Mental Health Services including individual, group, and family therapy
  • Follow Up Services

Shelter activities empower residents by validating their experiences, exploring options, advocating for safety, building on strengths, avoiding victim blaming, and respecting the right for self determination.

 

People interested in learning more about Domestic Violence, The Kathy J. Weinman Shelter or, Volunteering at Weinman Shelter may call 314-423-1117 and ask for the Community Service Coordinator. You can also find out more information by clicking here.

 

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