African-American Women's Clergy Association, Washington DC, USA
|African-American Women's Clergy Association, Washington DC, USA|
|Street address:||1110A 6th Street, NE, Suite 4|
|State or Province:||District of Columbia|
|Location coordinates:||38° 54' 15" N, 76° 59' 56" W|
|Executive Director:||Bishop Imagene B. Stewart|
|Contact number:||(202) 518-8488|
|Organization type:||National NGO (operating countrywide or advocating at the national level)|
|Sectors:||Homeless, Poverty Alleviation, Religion, Violence Against Women|
The African-American Women's Clergy Association helps provide shelter from the storm to domestic violence survivors throughout the DC-area and beyond through the House of Imagene.
Peace on Earth – One battered woman at a time
Sometimes, when the dream of world peace seems like more than you or I will ever be able to get our arms around, it’s important to remember the old adage: Think globally, but act locally. Right here in our own community, families are at war. Men are assaulting their wives and girlfriends. And children, if not victims of physical abuse, are certainly witnesses to the horror. It’s tempting to imagine this as someone else’s problem, but it would be untrue: domestic violence knows no demographic barrier. Women flee homes in Great Falls and Adams-Morgan and Shaw just the same, and when they arrive on our doorstep, often times in the middle of the night, they all bleed red.
At the House of Imagene, our approach to domestic violence is not a militant one. We do not counsel women to leave their husbands or to take any retaliatory action. What we do do is provide a vital—often lifesaving—escape from imminent danger. We offer a clean bed, warm meals, a change of clothes, and a caring environment so that a battered woman has a chance to catch her breath, to heal, and to regroup. Out of harm’s way, she can then assess her future calmly with the help of free, on-site, para-professional counseling.
The plans these women make may differ, but our goal is always the same: to help victims of domestic violence rebuild lives in which the House of Imagene is a fond but distant memory.
4 Ways You Can Help
- Like all labors of love, we operate on a shoestring. To make a tax-deductible contribution by credit card, please donate here on our website. Or you can send a check to House of Imagene, 1110A-6th Street N.E. Suite 4 Washington, D.C. 20002. Whatever you can spare will make a world of difference in the precarious life of a battered woman.
- A recent fire destroyed many of our essential furnishings. New bunk beds, sheets and towels are desperately needed. Please call us at (202) 518-8488 if you can help.
- Toiletries, canned goods, and other household staples (laundry detergent, bleach, dish soap) are always needed and greatly appreciated. Please drop them off anytime between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.
- If you are affiliated with a local church, hospital, social service agency or other civic organization, please take an extra brochure for them. Although we are well established in the community, we need your help to get it into as many helping hands as possible.