My Sister's House is the first and only non-profit organization to specifically identify
and address the unique needs of women and children impacted by domestic violence 
in the Central Valley's highly diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Help Line:
(916) 428-3271

My Sister’s House

Brief Organizational History


  • History

    June 2000 – Began public campaign to establish My Sister’s House as Sacramento’s first agency to address domestic violence in the Asian and Pacific Islander community and plans to develop a cultural appropriate save haven

    December 2000 – Incorporated

    January 2001 – Became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community service organization

    September 2001 – Inaugural 12-member Board of Directors and 11-member Advisory Committee installed

    March 2002 – Received major grant for $150,000 from the California Employment Development Department to implement My Sister’s House “Women at Work Program” which operates out of the Broadway One Stop Career Center

    April 22, 2003 – Opened Sacramento’s first 6-bed emergency safe haven for Asian and Pacific Islander women and children affected by domestic violence

    May 2003 – Received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration for Small Grassroots Organizations to fund the Women at Work Immigrant Domestic Violence Advocacy Project, to help immigrant women affected by domestic violence.

    October 2003 - My Sister's House held its first Domestic Violence Training Institute. The Institute gave participants an opportunity to exchange information and learn about violence against women in the immigrant and refugee communities

    November 2003 - Our first annual Fun Run was held at William Land Park. This 5K fun run drew over 70 teams and 1,200 adults and children who competed individually.

    September 2004 - We hosted our first "Yes I Can" Conference for survivors of domestic violence.

    March 2005 - We produced an organizational video to educate the community about domestic violence and the services provided by My Sister's House

    November 2005 - My Sister's House held its first dinner thanking our many friends and supporters that have helped to make the organization a success

    January 2006 - My Sister's House began operating a multi-lingual telephone Help Line that is available 24-hours a day to assist victims of domestic violence

    April 2006 - We launched our "No Excuse For Abuse" project, which involves printing information about My Sister's House on shopping bags in Chinese, Hmong, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. The bags are then distributed to various Asian grocery stores in the Sacramento area

    June 2006 - The Sacramento Housing Alliance selected My Sister's House as a recipient of its distinguished advocacy award for the work we have done addressing the issue of domestic violence in Sacramento's Asian and Pacific Islander community

    June 2007 - My Sister's House was awarded with the Uplifting Human Values Awards & the Phillippine Fiesta Community Best Award

    June 2008 - My Sister's House was awarded with the Soroptimists of South Sacramento Award & the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento Community Service Award

    May 2009 - My Sister's House was awarded a grant to coordinate and implement anti-human trafficking outreach and education in the Sacramento region

    June 2009 - My Sister's House was awarded with the Future 5 Award (Outstanding Non-profit Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce)

    June 2009 - My Sister's House was awarded with a National Top Food and Shelter Award

    June 2010 - My Sister's House was selected as one of the 46 sites nationally to provide culturally specific domestic violence services

    June 2011 - My Sister's House's Executive Director, Nilda Valmores, was awarded with the Congressional victims' Rights Caucus Allied Professional Award in Washington, D.C.

    May 2011 - My Sister's House celebrated our 10th Annual GALA at the Crest Theater

    September 2012 – My Sister’s House opened their 1st transitional house

    April 2013 – This month marked our 10th anniversary of My Sister’s House 6-bed emergency safe haven.

    October 2013 – My Sister’s House celebrated the 10th Annual Run for a Safe Haven and had 1,100 participants at William Land Park.

    March 2014 – My Sister’s House opened a volunteer- based support program called My Sister’s Café. 

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