Human Services

Sanctuary for Families, Inc.

In Love, There Is No Violence.

aka Sanctuary for Families

New York, NY

Mission

Sanctuary for Families is dedicated to the safety, healing and self-determination of victims of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence.  Through comprehensive services for our clients and their children, and through outreach, education and advocacy, we strive to create a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right.

Ruling Year

1987

Executive Director

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

Main Address

PO Box 1406 Wall Street Station

New York, NY 10268 USA

Keywords

domestic violence, domestic abuse, family violence, children, legal aid, counseling, battered women, sex trafficking, advocacy, economic empowerment, shelter

EIN

13-3193119

 Number

2643216339

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Sanctuary for Families is dedicated to the safety, healing and self-determination of victims of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence. Through comprehensive services for our clients and their children, and through outreach, education and advocacy, we strive to create a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right.

Our programs

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Clinical Services for Children and Adults

Legal Services

Shelter Services

Education & Outreach

Economic Empowerment Programs

Where we workNew!

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Sanctuary for Families is dedicated to the safety, healing and self-determination of victims of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence. Through comprehensive services for our clients and their children, and through outreach, education and advocacy, we strive to create a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right.

We work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy.

DIRECT SERVICES: Access to high quality, culturally sensitive legal representation and counseling services is critical for adults and children seeking to leave abuse behind for good. Our attorneys and counselors are experts in the legal challenges facing survivors of gender violence and the significant emotional and psychological barriers gender violence survivors face following abuse. In addition to legal representation and counseling, Sanctuary runs 5 crisis shelters and New York's largest transitional shelter, providing survivors and their families with safety, stability, and security. Our staff is equipped to help all gender violence survivors including immigrant adults and children, LGBTQ individuals, and survivors of trafficking, female genital mutilation, and forced marriage.

OUTREACH: We provide outreach, education and trainings to community members and groups including schools, service providers, law enforcement, courts and judges, faith communities, cultural groups, and many more.

SYSTEMS CHANGE ADVOCACY: We recognize advocacy work as critically important to changing the social and institutional frameworks that perpetuate gender violence. Sanctuary staff, supporters and survivor-leaders advocate for improved policies and legislation around issues affecting survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Our advocacy has led to the passage of life-saving city- and state-level legislation, and changed policies affecting our clients at major governmental agencies.

Sanctuary for Families is able to serve thousands of gender violence survivors every year thanks to expert level staff and our committed network of supporters.

OUR STAFF

Sanctuary currently employs nearly 200 fulltime staff. In order to effectively serve our clients, we speak over 30 languages and provide services in 20 locations throughout New York City.

CLINICAL SERVICES: Our 93 masters-level social workers utilize evidence-based trauma focused-focused therapies. Recognizing the diverse backgrounds our clients represent, our Clinical staff provide services in multiple languages, and prioritize cultural sensitivity and inclusivity in their practice.

LEGAL SERVICES: Our 53 staff attorneys and support staff comprise the largest legal center in the country dedicated exclusively to survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Working with over 800 pro bono attorneys from partner law firms, we provide legal representation, advocacy and related services to thousands of clients each year with positive outcomes in family and matrimonial law, immigration, public benefits, and other specialty areas.

SHELTER: When families enter one of our five crisis shelters, their needs are often overwhelming. We take steps to meet their short-term needs, while preparing them for long-term success. Crisis shelter is available to 44 adults and children every night, who may stay for up to six months. For those in need of more time, Sanctuary's transitional shelter houses offers longer term services and can house 58 families, most of who stay for more than eight months.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: Sanctuary provides economic empowerment services to nearly 340 adults each year. These services include career readiness and hard skills training, financial literacy, employment referrals, and education to help survivors achieve economic stability.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our 33-member board is comprised of a diverse array of individuals with backgrounds in business, law, medicine, and nonprofit leadership, and includes survivors of gender violence.


ADVISORY GROUPS

Our advisory groups build bridges between our work and New York's many resources. While our Pro Bono Council and Career Advancement Network focus on connecting professionals to Sanctuary's direct services, our President's Council, Mothers Council and Legal Advisory Council focus on promoting Sanctuary's work in New York and beyond.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are essential to our ability to provide high-quality personalized care to survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Last year, Sanctuary engaged nearly 3,000 volunteers who interned, tutored, and translated, and provided assistance with donated goods among a wide array of other jobs.

We place client experience at the center of our evaluation efforts. We solicit feedback directly from clients about their experience with the agency and the changes they have experienced since beginning to receive services. Individual client progress forms track progress towards results on a program-by-program basis.

In recent years, we have enhanced our evaluation work by developing a streamlined, organization-wide results-focused framework, investing in our data systems, and expanding our Program Evaluation team.

Engaging in thoughtful and rigorous program evaluation enables us to remain at the forefront of the anti-gender violence movement. It facilitates open and respectful communication. Finally, it ensures that we honor commitments that we have made to our stakeholders including clients, staff, Board members and funders, among others.

Last year, Sanctuary delivered direct services to 15,768 adult victims and children (12,602 adults and 3,166 children).

These direct services were complemented by extensive community outreach, training, and education, which reached over 25,000 community leaders, professionals, government officials, and others concerned about crimes of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence, and resources available to victims.

In addition, Sanctuary, in partnership with organizations across New York State and beyond, successful advocated for passage of a state bill to prohibit marriage for children under the age of 17. Staff have also been working closely with State Assembly Members to eliminate the requirement in New York State's trafficking laws that prosecutors in trafficking cases prove force, fraud, or coercion when a victim is under 18.

Other advocacy efforts include work on a new initiative to provide incarcerated survivors of gender violence with pro bono representation, passage of a NYC ordinance based on the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the launch of the New York Coalition to end FGM.

Despite these efforts, considerable work remains to be done. As we look towards 2018, Sanctuary has set three main goals to be achieve by 2020:

1. Expand our work in targeted areas of high need for our (areas include: economic empowerment, children and youth services, housing assistance)
2. Maximize the impact of our work by strengthening clients' pathway to services and elevating our understanding of our impact on clients' lives in order to refine and improve results for our clients and contribute to the field
3. Advance Sanctuary's strategic leadership in the movement to end gender violence through an integrated advocacy and outreach agenda and promotion of survivor leadership

Our goals are ambitious but we are already on our way to achieving them thanks to the dedication of our incredible staff, Board, and supporters.

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Sanctuary for Families, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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