ASHA FAMILY SERVICES CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND SEX TRAFFICKING!!
Photo of US Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Antonia Drew Vann and Asha Advocates
MILWAUKEE, WI – ASHA FAMILY SERVICES, INC. (Asha) is celebrating 25 years of services to the community! Asha is asking supporters, friends and the community to join the agency in helping survivors reach the next level! You can help Asha help others by giving the cost of a manicure or a movie ticket and popcorn --just $1.00 for each year of its existence. Your $25.00 or more gifts will contribute to the safety and independence of survivors in Milwaukee. With these generous and especially meaningful tax-deductible donations, Asha will help more survivors and help them to ‘take it to the next level’ by attaining long-term safety, skills and livable-wage jobs.
Help Asha celebrate! Give your gift of $1.00 for each year! Make your check payable to Asha Family Services and stop by or mail it today to their offices at 3719 W. Center Street * Milwaukee, WI * 53210 OR please go on line to www.ashafamilyservices.org and donate via our PayPal link. Thank you for your support!
Since 1989, Asha, a small non-profit organization nestled in Milwaukee’s central city continues to work with the abused, as well as the abusers, in the streets, homes, prisons and communities serving over 25,000 individuals. Asha has helped many survivors achieve their goals for a new life, new careers/jobs, homeownership, higher education and most of all a new normal of safety and security with peace of mind for themselves and their children. Asha will build on its successes.
Asha is a word meaning “life” and “hope” and it’s Founder and CEO Antonia A. Drew Vann have achieved local and national acclaim for their pioneering work and influence in the field of violence against women and children prevention. Asha’s unique strategies and holistic service model have been adopted by other organizations around the country.
While a number of effective battered women programs have been established over the years, until Asha’s founding 25 years ago, none were framed to fit and address the culturally and historically relevant perspectives of poor, women of color in Milwaukee. In 1992, Asha was written into State Legislation and today, remains the only culturally-specific domestic violence prevention organization for African American populations. Asha’s services are valued by many groups –it’s client base is 67% African American, 25% White, 5% Latino and 3% Native American.
A few of Asha’s many accomplishments over their 25 years:
1993-Asha launched Ujima Men’s Program specific to African American men who batter that requires men to address men’s violence against women.
1996 – Asha launched the first Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Team. A pioneering partnership between Asha and the City of Milwaukee Police Dept.
1999 – State of Wisconsin partnership – Asha personnel placed at the City Central Health Clinic for rigorous training to provide STI, HIV/AIDS education, testing and counseling to victims
2003 – Asha’s program is a national Model. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) released the national publication “Developing Culturally Relevant Responses to Domestic Abuse: Asha Family Services, Inc.” The direct link: http://www.Vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/NRCDV_Asha.pdf
2007 – Asha opened “Sistahs’ Café & Deli”. This micro-enterprise, job training and job development site is a jewel in the community. Operated by survivors, this quaint, eat-in establishment provides employment skill building, jobs and training on Excellence in Customer Service to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Asha also began working on developing Sistahs’ Nail & Hair Salon for job/career development for survivors. This is the next level focus!
Help Asha, help victims and survivors!! To celebrate its 25th Year, Asha requests $1.00 for each year from those who love and support front-line violence prevention programs for lower income women, children, men and families whose lives are devastated by violence and abuse. Asha’s goal is to make some needed repairs and improvements to Sistahs’ Café & Deli and Sistahs’ Nail and Hair Salon –Good News… they are almost there and need your help more than ever! These businesses sitting next to their main offices in the heart of the city will initially give 10 survivors a chance at life-changing success. Asha believes this employment opportunity and training with support is a key element for victims and a unique sustainability resource for non-profits.
Antonia Drew Vann (far right front) and Asha Women of Color Advocates Jessica, Gwen, Myrtle, Joice and Bridget in 1992.
Asha is seeking your tax-deductible donation of $25.00 to fine-tune these businesses in celebration of its 25th Year—taking it to the next level! Learn about Asha and donate now at: http://www.ashafamilyservices.org.
Together, we can save and change a life. Please, help us today! Make your check for $25.00 or more, payable to Asha Family Services hand-deliver or mail it today to 3719 W. Center Street * Milwaukee, WI * 53210. Feel free to go online to Asha’s website and donate via PayPal at www.ashafamilyservices.org Want more information? You may contact me at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I thank you for your support!
Antonia A. Drew Vann
Asha Family Services, Inc.