For those we serve, yoga is a tool to begin to feel strong, to calm their nervous systems, and to decrease levels of anxiety.
Below is a partial list of the incredible shelters & community groups we partner with to bring trauma-informed yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our goal is to become a true partner with these organizations and work together to create a safe space and practice that meets the needs of both survivors and employees.
Barrier Free Living supports individuals with disabilities to live dignified lives free of all forms of abuse and bias. We work with people with disabilities — both survivors of domestic violence and homeless men, women and children — to thrive in safe, supportive communities. For more information visit www.bflnyc.org
Bottomless Closet works to reduce the barriers New York City women face in the search for employment as well as provide on-going support and education so they gain the tools to succeed in their professional lives. Learn more www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org
CONNECT is dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice. By building partnerships with individuals and communities, CONNECT strives to help change the beliefs, behaviors and institutions that perpetuate violence. Through legal empowerment, grassroots mobilization and transformative education, CONNECT seeks to create safe families and peaceful communities. To find out more visit: www.connectnyc.org
The Floating Hospital is the largest provider of healthcare to homeless families and domestic violence survivors living in New York City’s shelters and safe houses.Its mission is to provide exceptional, compassionate healthcare to diverse and underserved communities, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Learn more: www.thefloatinghospital.org
For nearly 40 years, Good Shepherd Services’ Safe Homes Project has been working to confront and eliminate domestic and partner violence in New York City. We provide a full array of services, which include a hotline, counseling, safety-planning, as well as a 20-bed shelter for survivors and their children. For more information visit: www.goodshepherds.org
Her Justice engages the talent and resources of New York City's law firms, bringing together committed lawyers and determined women to secure life-changing results. The women served by Her Justice face poverty and abuse every day. They struggle to care for their children and keep them safe from harm. For more information visit: www.herjustice.org
My Sisters’ Place strives to engage each member of society in our work to end domestic violence and human trafficking, so that all relationships can embrace the principles of respect, equality, and peacefulness. We advance this mission with direct services, advocacy and community education. Through direct services, we support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking, in seeking safety, self-determination, and justice. Through advocacy, we act as a force for social change in law and public policy. Through community education, we challenge public perceptions of intimate violence and the social inequities that give rise to it, and we promote prevention with a special emphasis on youth. www.mspny.org
The Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) develops policies and programs, provides training and prevention education, conducts research and evaluations, performs community outreach, and collaborates with City agencies and community stakeholders to ensure access to inclusive services for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. ENDGBV operates the New York City Family Justice Centers, service centers which provide vital social services, civil legal, and criminal justice assistance, and more for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence and their children—all under one roof. Visit NYC.gov/endgbv
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is the voice of the Jewish poor and the first line of defense for our community’s needy. We fight poverty through comprehensive social services and treat every individual with dignity and respect. Our network of grassroots Jewish Community Councils strengthens families and neighborhoods throughout New York City. Learn more: www.metcouncil.org
The mission of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research and advocacy. For more information visit: www.svfreenyc.org
El Nido provides a place of hope and community in Washington Heights for families and their young children (ages 0-3 years) who are at or below the federal poverty line. We seek to nurture their minds, bodies, and spirits through personalized support, community connections, and financial assistance. Learn more: www.elnidonyc.org
The mission of NMIC is to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the people in our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures. NMIC staff can identify and address a broad array of immediate needs, integrating numerous crisis intervention services under one roof. With their crises resolved, clients move seamlessly to capacity building services through holistic programs designed to support individuals and families as they transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. Learn more at www.nmic.org
Operated by Sanctuary for Families, families enter Sarah Burke House (SBH) after leaving a domestic violence crisis shelter. While many families’ most pressing needs have been met by the time they enter transitional shelter, barriers remain. Our staff work closely with families to help them find housing and plan for the long term. SBH is New York’s first and largest transitional shelter for survivors of domestic violence. The facility is state-of-the-art, and includes group rooms, a library, a large and cheery children’s space, and an outdoor play area. SBH houses 58 families, most who stay for more than eight months. For more information visit: www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org
The Seamen's Society operates Safe Passage - a non-residential domestic violence intervention program on Staten Island. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, legal services and parent/child support groups. Safe Passage works closely with survivors to increase their independence from the batterer, as well as to empower them to make healthier choices for their future. Learn more at www.seamenssociety.org
At Services for the Underserved we envision a city where everyone has a roof over their head, is healthy, productive and can enjoy the social connections that create a life of purpose. Our vision allows us to deliver the same quality of services to one individual or to thousands. No challenge is beyond our scope. Learn more at www.servicesfortheunderserved.org
STEPS to End Violence (STEPS) is a holistic program of services for victims of gender-based violence with a focus on prevention, intervention, and policy advocacy. Spurred by a call to action resulting from an historic hearing at Bedford Hills Women’s Prison in which twelve women testified to their histories of battering and its relationship to the charges which eventually brought them to Bedford, STEPS has been providing holistic, trauma-informed services since 1986. Begun with a staff of two as a court advocacy project for battered women defendants, the program has since grown exponentially and now reaches over 5,000 New Yorkers each year. Learn more here.
The Family Center works to keep families stronger, longer. We offer a unique program of social and legal services, including health care and wellness programs, to New Yorkers struggling with a family crisis or loss. Our team combines a keen business sense with a personalized approach, partnering with client families to plan their next steps and long-term solutions. For more information visit: www.thefamilycenter.org
Third Root is a holistic healthcare center offering yoga, acupuncture, East Asian medicine, massage, herbal medicine, and wellness education. We are a multi-racial, cross-class, intergenerational community, and a worker-owner cooperative. Learn more at thirdroot.org
Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (VIP) fills a gap in domestic violence services for Latinas and their children in a culturally competent environment that is supportive, non-judgmental, and respects each woman’s right to self-determination. Our unique approach to domestic violence intervention focuses on supporting women who are not only making the transition from victim to survivor, but also those who as immigrants, find themselves in unfamiliar and often inhospitable territory. To find out more visit: www.vipmujeres.org
For decades, Womankind has been serving survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence of all ages. We provide innovative healing services and award-winning assistance to women and their children. Depending on circumstance, they have access to a safe place to live, assistance with housing, employment, English language training, legal immigration assistance, financial empowerment, and so much more. www.iamwomankind.org
The VITP at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (WHMC) is the only Hospital based grant funded program in Brooklyn serving clients who are primary or secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual assault/rape or other crime. Referrals are received from hospital departments/clinical services, individuals within the community, or other community service providers. All services are free and confidential regardless of sex, gender expression or immigration status.
The program has Rape Crisis Advocates on call service to assist in the Emergency Department during the evenings, weekends and holidays. These advocates provide emotional support, advocacy, information and assistance to the victim (age 12 and above) in the Emergency Department. www.wyckoffhospital.org
YWCA Glendale’s mission is to empower women, girls and children in our communities through education and intervention to achieve independence, well-being, health, self-sufficiency and a life free from violence, and to draw people together to attain peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. www.glendaleywca.org