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MY SISTERS PLACE INC

Providing Hope. Achieving Justice. Changing Lives.

aka MSP   |   White Plains, NY   |  www.mspny.org
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MY SISTERS PLACE INC

EIN: 13-2960628


Mission

My Sisters’ Place strives to end domestic violence and human trafficking through comprehensive services, advocacy, and community education. MSP works to create a world in which every individual has the basic human right to be free from gender-based violence and to engage in relationships that embrace the principles of respect, equality, and safety.

Ruling year info

1977

Principal Officer

Michele Pollock Rich

Main address

3 Barker Avenue, 5th Floor

White Plains, NY 10601 USA

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EIN

13-2960628

Subject area info

Crisis intervention

Abuse prevention

Public affairs

Victim aid

Domestic violence shelters

Population served info

Adolescents

Adults

Families

Parents

Immigrants and migrants

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NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic (or intimate partner) violence is a pattern of intentional behavior designed to exert and maintain control over an intimate partner, directly impacting 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 7 men, during their lifetimes. Human Trafficking - exploitation by means of force, fraud, or coercion for commercial purposes - is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry which affects 21 million people around the world. In our 40-plus years of experience, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has developed a unique understanding of the methods of power and control common to both domestic abusers and traffickers, linking these forms of gender-based violence.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Services

MSP provides trauma-informed supportive counseling and advocacy services for families who have experienced domestic violence, enhancing clients’ knowledge, skills, safety, and stability as they emerge from their experience of victimization into one of survivorship.

Population(s) Served
Families
Victims and oppressed people

MSP’s Center for Legal Services helps clients navigate complicated options in family and immigration law. In addition to providing trauma-informed free legal consultation and direct representation, our legal team recruits and trains pro bono volunteer lawyers to swiftly and ably assist clients.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Immigrants and migrants

MSP provides confidential emergency shelter for families fleeing abuse, meeting their urgent need for safety and security. While in shelter, residents obtain individualized comprehensive services offered by our staff and when the time comes for families to transition out of our shelter, we provide bridges back to the community, helping survivors to establish safe and stable homes, free from violence.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Immigrants and migrants

MSP’s specialized Human Trafficking program offers culturally-sensitive, multi-lingual specialized case management, advocacy, legal services and referrals for victims of trafficking throughout Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Immigrants and migrants

Prevention is central to our work. MSP’s Domestic Violence Education and Prevention (DVEP) program directly engages the next generation in our mission to end gender-based violence. DVEP reaches young people, parents, and adults that work with youth, with thoughtful, engaging, and well-researched workshops and seminar, helping participants to identify abuse and learn how to establish and maintain healthy relationships.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Parents

With the goal of systemic change, MSP’s training staff reach first responders, healthcare providers, educators, members of faith-based organizations, and other professionals with targeted, effective, and comprehensive training programs serving to increase knowledge and awareness of domestic violence and human trafficking. MSP training programs ensure that an ever-increasing proportion of our

Population(s) Served
Adults
Emergency responders

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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My Sisters’ Place is a community-based nonprofit in Westchester County, New York. We strive to end domestic violence (DV) and human trafficking (HT) through comprehensive victim services, advocacy, and community education. Working to create a world in which every individual has the basic human right to be free from gender-based violence and to engage in relationships that embrace the principles of respect, equality, and safety, MSP serves vulnerable clients of all backgrounds. Our goal is to provide multi-lingual and culturally sensitive victim-centered and trauma-informed legal and supportive services to meet each client’s needs, bolstered by advocacy, education, and efforts towards systemic change.

MSP’s holistic range of comprehensive supportive services includes a 24-hour crisis hotline for assistance and referrals, emergency residential shelter, individualized supportive counseling for adults and children, an extensive support group network for both English and Spanish speakers, a collaboration with local child protective services, vibrant education and prevention programs, and a full-service Center for Legal Services providing advice and representation in immigration and family law matters. We maintain close cross-referral partnerships and perform extensive community outreach to maximize awareness of the availability of our services. Last year, we reached over 15,000 people through direct services, outreach, training and education, and calls to our hotline.

In the words of our guiding principles, “we strongly believe that integrating a world-changing approach into all areas of our work is essential to ending domestic violence and human trafficking.” We demonstrate our significant and intentional commitment to prevention by providing high quality, research-based, outcomes-driven community education, and our schools-based “DVEP” (Domestic Violence Education & Prevention) programs, reaching over 5,000 students each year. MSP also partners with school and community-based athletic programs and coaches to provide leadership and training on issues of teen dating abuse, encouraging sports-involved youth and influencers to change the norms that promote gender-based violence.

MSP’s staff provide targeted, effective and comprehensive education to thousands of youth and highly specialized trainings to more than a thousand professional service providers in the medical, social service, educational, governmental, and legal spheres. Our training activities directly address the dynamics of domestic violence, tools for screening, and safe referrals. All trainings increase awareness of the full range of services available for victims of violence, and specific service-provision-related concepts, and ensure that an ever-increasing proportion of our community can recognize DV, connect victims to needed services, and can generally be of support.

The various forms of supportive services that MSP provides have profoundly positive impacts on the lives of survivors. They do so by enhancing the knowledge, skills, social connections, safety, health, stability, and access to community resources of our clients as they emerge from their experience of victimization into one of survivorship. At MSP we recognize that there is no “quick fix” to the challenges faced by victims, and we take a client-centered approach by offering the ongoing availability of a range of supportive services to help victims recover from abuse and successfully move on with their lives. MSP’s advocacy services, support groups, counseling and therapeutic interventions for adults and children improve the lives of survivors in concrete, meaningful ways - providing long-term improvement in factors predictive of well-being – increased social support and self-esteem, lowered sense of distress, greater sense of belonging, and decreased symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD. Our shelter provides short term protection and a network of supports, reducing immediate risks from violence and isolation. MSP’s specialized legal services provide expert guidance and pathways to safety and security through family law and immigration law. Case management and advocacy assist clients as they navigate complex systems of support towards independence, stability, and justice.

MSP strives to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate services to clients of many diverse backgrounds. Our staff is highly inclusive, reflecting the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of our clients, and provides strong connections with the communities we serve. A majority of MSP program staff are bilingual, so we are typically able to provide direct services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. If a client’s language needs are not met in-house we call on our corps of trained volunteers (many of whom are professional interpreters or translators.) In 2018, MSP was awarded grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Office to transform the way in which the agency reaches the Deaf community, and we are developing the capacity to be fully accessible to Deaf individuals who are victims of DV and HT.

From our offices in Yonkers, White Plains, and Mount Vernon (and our confidentially located shelter), MSP’s 76 full-time and part-time staff members deliver high-quality services and education to community members. Supervisory staff mentor, support and strategize with counselors and advocates on client issues. We maintain adequate staffing which gives us the capacity to be actively engaged in the community through involvement with other local organizations, sharing knowledge and referrals, and we prioritize the highest standards of oversight and accountability. To enhance the quality of their work, all MSP staff members attend ongoing training and engage with advocacy coalitions to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date.

MSP has over 4 decades of experience in the field of victim advocacy: listening to victims, learning from our peers, developing ever-deeper understandings of the patterns of power and control common to all forms of abuse and the critical steps that our clients must take on their path from victim to survivor.

From our offices in Yonkers, White Plains, and Mount Vernon (and our confidentially located shelter), MSP’s 76 full- and part-time staff members deliver high-quality services and education to community members, including specialized counseling, advocacy, legal services, and collaborative partnerships. Last year, we reached over 15,000 people through services, outreach, training, and calls to our hotline.
MSP is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, and is committed to the highest standards of governance and ethics. Our accomplished volunteer Board of Directors represents community stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds. Our Chief Executive Officer, Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq., provides expert leadership together with the senior team of the Chief Program Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director of the Center for Legal Services, and Chief Development Officer.

Since our founding (as the Yonkers Women’s Task Force) in 1976, MSP has evolved with intention to meet the changing needs of our clients. In 1997, recognizing that access to legal services is a primary factor in enabling victims of domestic violence to achieve independence and rebuild their lives, we opened the Center for Legal Services (CLS), to provide advice and representation in family and immigration law. In 2007, using our knowledge of the patterns of abuse, power, and control common to both domestic violence and exploitation, MSP established our Human Trafficking program, to provide safety and support to survivors of sex and labor trafficking.

MSP believes in taking a collaborative approach to solving complex issues. Our long-standing collaboration with Westchester County’s Child Protection Agency (CPS) co-locates MSP DV counselors at four CPS offices throughout the county and serves to enhance communication and cooperation between the two agencies, strengthening service provision to families impacted by both child protection and DV issues. MSP is a partner in Westchester’s Family Justice Center, which operates from the White Plains Courthouse to connect survivors to counseling and legal services. MSP also leads the Westchester Anti-Trafficking Task Force, dedicated to combatting human trafficking in the lower Hudson Valley.

As an expressly anti-oppression organization, MSP believes in the equality of all people, and we recognize that our clients come to us while navigating different structural and social injustices that affect their experiences of survivorship. As a result, we provide training for staff to deepen their understanding of intersectionality, racism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, anti-immigrant sentiments, and the importance of language access.

Since 1976, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has worked to end violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence and human trafficking on women, men, and children throughout Westchester County. Today, as a local leader and resource in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking, we take a holistic approach to addressing the complex intersection of issues encircling domestic violence and human trafficking to effectively respond to the changing needs of families and individuals in crisis.

Each year, MSP reaches 15,000 individuals in Westchester through services, outreach, and education.
• Thousands of adults and children find support and safety annually though counseling, case management, legal, and shelter services.
• MSP’s confidentially located shelter meets the urgent need for safety and security of those who need it, 365 days a year.
• MSP’s crisis hotline operates 24/7 to answer thousands of calls each year from individuals seeking guidance and safety.
• Our Operation Safety Program trains close to 1,000 healthcare professionals each year, helping nurses, doctors, and EMTs to embrace their role in screening for gender-based violence.
• Our Domestic Violence Education and Prevention (DVEP) program reaches over 5,000 young people annually, educating them about healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse.
• MSP has trained hundreds of specialized volunteers, interpreters, and pro bono attorneys to share their skills with survivors - providing support, services, and encouragement to our clients.

As we entered our fifth decade, MSP’s Board of Directors and Senior Team undertook a two-year process of strategic planning, to take stock of the work that we have done, examine our agency's effectiveness, and chart a clear course for the future. The strategic plan, which we have begun to implement, has seen the agency’s adoption of a new mission statement and set of guiding principles (which are on our website at http://mspny.org/guiding-principles/), recommitting MSP to our work of creating a world in which every individual has the basic human right to be free from gender-based violence. The multi-faceted strategic plan helped us to identify gaps in service delivery, and is already strengthening our community partnerships, improving intra-agency collaboration, and facilitating better hiring, onboarding, and retention practices.

In 2018, MSP was awarded grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to transform the way in which the agency reaches the Deaf community. Through this program MSP is developing its capacity to effectively serve and be fully accessible to Deaf individuals who are victims of DV and HT.

Financials

MY SISTERS PLACE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.87

Average of 0.91 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1

Average of 2.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

26%

Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

MY SISTERS PLACE INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of MY SISTERS PLACE INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $205,404 $187,884 $589,774 $464,554 $511,387
As % of expenses 3.4% 3.0% 8.7% 6.0% 5.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $73,004 $76,755 $475,267 $339,879 $365,514
As % of expenses 1.2% 1.2% 6.9% 4.3% 4.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,172,189 $6,398,322 $7,521,227 $7,997,119 $9,481,980
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.3% 3.7% 17.5% 6.3% 18.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 11.6% 9.5% 8.9% 8.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.6% 0.7% 0.3% 0.3%
Government grants 73.5% 60.2% 64.7% 74.2% 76.4%
All other grants and contributions 26.2% 24.7% 24.8% 16.4% 14.5%
Other revenue 0.2% 2.9% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $5,964,197 $6,214,311 $6,810,598 $7,763,147 $8,759,535
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.1% 4.2% 9.6% 14.0% 12.8%
Personnel 71.9% 71.8% 75.9% 76.3% 75.3%
Professional fees 5.1% 3.9% 3.5% 2.2% 4.1%
Occupancy 7.6% 5.6% 5.9% 5.2% 5.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 6.5% 7.1% 7.3% 7.9% 8.3%
All other expenses 8.9% 11.6% 7.5% 8.4% 7.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $6,096,597 $6,325,440 $6,925,105 $7,887,822 $8,905,408
One month of savings $497,016 $517,859 $567,550 $646,929 $729,961
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $147,861 $197,718
Total full costs (estimated) $6,593,613 $6,843,299 $7,492,655 $8,682,612 $9,833,087

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.9 4.7 1.6 1.3 1.0
Months of cash and investments 3.9 4.7 6.1 4.5 3.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.5 1.4 2.3 2.5 2.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,919,333 $2,419,011 $903,270 $825,345 $747,640
Investments $20 $20 $2,547,909 $2,076,833 $1,730,326
Receivables $1,131,861 $1,206,552 $1,563,096 $2,572,801 $2,536,129
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,554,295 $2,681,048 $2,624,250 $2,772,111 $2,969,829
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 42.4% 40.1% 42.5% 44.8% 46.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 55.7% 55.4% 55.7% 54.6% 46.2%
Unrestricted net assets $2,277,384 $2,354,139 $2,829,406 $3,169,285 $3,534,799
Temporarily restricted net assets $18,230 $14,357 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $18,230 $14,357 $103,125 $52,356 $63,431
Total net assets $2,295,614 $2,368,496 $2,932,531 $3,221,641 $3,598,230

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
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Principal Officer

Michele Pollock Rich

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
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Board co-chair

Suzanne Seiden


Board co-chair

Josue Sanchez

REBECCA EISENBERG

LESLYE KATZ

PAUL HOOD

BARBARA RAHO

THOMAS RICE

EVAN COHEN

ROB GHEEWALLA

LINDA PURVIS

JOSUE SANCHEZ

AIMEE BERNSTEIN

PAULA RANDOLPH

SUZANNE SEIDEN

DENISE DURHAM WILLIAMS

CHRISTINE FORD

ELISE FLANGOS

Dorothy Botsoe

Joy Hunter Chaillou

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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