“Sisters on Fire”
Many inner city women are at high risk and lack proper education in their daily lives to make healthy and sound decisions. Washington, DC ranks 31 (43,316) in cases of welfare. Women put themselves in harm’s way via risky behavior daily. Many women display symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder due to rape and other abuses placing their self-esteem in jeopardy.
- Three-fourths of girls with low self-esteem engage in negative activities, such as disordered eating, bullying, smoking or drinking.
- Women are routinely degraded in everything from pop culture to casual conversation.
- Every 15 seconds a woman is battered.
- Only 2% of women think they are beautiful
The statistics for domestic violence on women are harsh:
- Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
- Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
- Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
http://domesticviolencestatistics.org/domestic-violence-statistics/It is time for women to reach out and give aid to women.
Purpose and mission statement
Sisters on Fire (SOF) are a ministry that provides “shelter for the soul peace for the mind”. Our Mission is:
- Committed to guiding women of all ages, races, creeds, and colors to their purpose, keeping in mind their environmental, economical, religious and sociological status.
- Provide one-on-one or group intervention through activities and dialogues of engagement, workshops, or courses that will bring directional clarity to the client(s) path in life.
- Design, develop, and instruct social skill courses for individuals and organizations for the purpose of enhancing knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Provide pastoral care for couples, individuals, and families for spiritual direction, through classes, activities, retreats, and one-on-one sessions.
SOF seeks to put a fire under women showing them that they can achieve a peaceful and productive life. We are on fire ready to transform women into a positive presence in their own minds so that they represent the respect that they desire. SOF will give assistance to other non-profit agencies who help women/mothers who are homeless and in shelters.
We provide an 8-week Rites of Passage program for young women. If you have a group of girls or women who would like to go through a rites of passage please call to schedule.
NEIF Women’s Weekend Retreat
Women need time to pull away from their busy lives and a retreat is what we provide. The retreats take place at NEIF and last from Friday evenings to Sunday mornings. The women give a nominal donation which pays for retreat materials and food. Speakers usually donate their time or when it is available are given a donation. These retreats are spiritual in nature and cover topics such as: relationships, self-esteem, meditation and prayer, men’s issues as they relate to women, and women’s issues. The thematic retreats are determined by current day issues. The ages are from 15 and up. Contact us to schedule your retreat.
Socks N’ Sandwiches Project
Socks N’ Sandwiches Project is in its 11th year. Volunteers come together to make sandwiches and soup caravanning out in the evenings in downtown Washington, DC to distribute to the homeless. We accept donations of socks, blankets, gloves, hats, and Bibles. The final leg of our journey always takes us to CCNV Shelter to hand out the remaining items that we have left. We began going out once a season and then elevated to twice a season. Cash donations go toward buying more socks as well as supplies needed to make sandwiches or to purchase bottled water and snacks. We keep the Homeless Rescue phone number in our cell phones in case we find someone who is sick or who wants to go to a shelter.