a community for peace opens tapestry and transcendent boutique and artisan gallery in oak park
“Lifting Up the Least of Us to Elevate the Rest of Us”
A Community For Peace is excited to celebrate the first of its kind Transcendent Boutique and Artisan Gallery and Tapestry Services serving the under-served and marginalized LGBTQ+, Black, and Brown communities as part of their new mission and culturally relevant/sensitive service delivery for victims and survivors and their children experiencing Intimate Partner Violence/Sexual violence/Family Violence in our county.
The NEW Transcendent Boutique and Art Gallery will include custom wigs, clothing, makeup, wellness and self-care products for the gender diverse community of Sacramento. The space will also include the A Community for Peace TAPESTRY intimate partner violence, domestic & sexual violence crisis services that will be both publicly accessible at the store and discreetly available by appointment. https://acommunityforpeace.org/tapestryservices
A Social Renewal project modeled after Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco, Transcendent Boutique and Artisan Gallery serves 3 purposes: 1) It is safe space where our marginalized and gender diverse community can shop and access resources, services that acknowledges the complexities of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) within the context of societal oppression. As members of those marginalized groups and allies, ACFP staff and advocates have shared experiences with the communities being served. 2) It is also a part of project’s larger work training center supporting a pathway toward employment, entrepreneurship and self-reliance. 3) The boutiques provides needed gently used clothing at thrift store prices; free items, classes and consignment opportunities to the local community enabling us to contribute to the economic needs and economy of the larger South Sacramento region.
Elaine Whitefeather, ACFP Executive Director stated, “TAPESTRY was created as a result of both data and personal narratives which supported that the majority of LGBTQ intimate partner violence (IPV) victims would “prefer to remain homeless than access traditional shelters” and prefer not to access traditional services due to the many barriers and discrimination. Studies show that marginalized individuals experiencing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), will experience harm at a greater rate than individuals from dominant culture when seeking services 61% of the time when accessing services in any social or justice systems.”
Statistics also reflect that 94% of community providers surveyed whose clients intersect domestic violence/intimate partner violence have no comprehensive, culturally specific intimate partner violence services for the LGBTQ+ community. This highlights the inequity and numerous barriers LGBTQ+ survivors of violence face in trying to obtain culturally competent services in this country, state and county. WATCH LATEST ABC10 INTERVIEW
a community for peace opens up new opportunities in oak park for foster youth, lGBQ, AND TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY.
“Lifting Up the Least of Us to Elevate the Rest of Us”
March 2019: Since 2008, A Community For Peace (ACFP) has been helping clients rebuild their lives by providing emergency housing, counseling, legal services and other lifesaving assistance. But these clients — many coming from South Sacramento — sometimes faced considerable obstacles reaching ACFP’s Citrus Heights location. Rather than creating another hurdle for survivors to overcome, ACFP is bringing services where they’re needed the most. By fall 2019, the nonprofit will be opening up three new locations in Oak Park to serve Sacramento’s most vulnerable and underserved populations. “That happens to be the LGBTQ, Black, Brown communities — in particular, foster youth, LGBQ and transgender adults and youth of color,” said Elaine Whitefeather, ACFP Executive Director. “The unique aspect of our mission is our focus on the underserved and marginalized within a social justice context to address multi-leveled complex trauma needs of the people we’re serving.” READ PRESS RELEASE
PORAC in support of Senate Judiciary's (in Washington DC) to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) used and sited ACFP DVRT program and collaboration with law enforcement
In addition to mentioning ACFP's DVRT and related statistical outcomes of our collaborations, Dave Cropp's article on the "Theory and Practice of Collaborations in Law Enforcement," published in 2012 by the International Journal of Police Science and Management was cited in this report. This article highlights our Sacramento DVPC - and includes a quotation from Paul Durenberger. READ ARTICLE
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For those of us who have lived the nightmare of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault and family violence, our stories are the foundation that help us to speak the truth, gather strength from that truth and find the courage to use that truth to escape the bonds that bind us to our abusers. But those of us coming from marginalized communities face another obstacle: institutions and systems in our country that still struggle with racism, sexism, homophobia, religious and cultural oppression, which create additional barriers for getting help. Without addressing the backdrop of the social injustice caused by our nation’s history, there is little hope that we can end violence to women and girls, and subsequently men and boys. Marginalized communities will continue to be under-served because our systems and services — from our national leaders at the White House and Congress to our local law enforcement, schools and county welfare departments — are designed to serve from a dominant cultural perspective, which does not support or even address the dynamic challenges of people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ communities. READ Further.
Domestic Violence can have a lifelong impact. Survivors endure physical, mental and emotional abuse as well as suffer social and economic consequences. While same-gender and heterosexual partner abuse share similar occurrence rates and dynamics, members of the LGBTQ community face unique barriers when seeking help. Prejudice, discrimination and misunderstanding within law enforcement, the justice system and even from service providers can make it even harder to prevent and address violence. Read further.
SACRAMENTO, CA. May 10, 2017 – A COMMUNITY FOR PEACE and FOUNDATION FOR PEACEFUL COMMUNITIES are prepared to LAUNCH a SAFE HAVEN Project for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (C.S.E.C.) in Citrus Heights, California. read further.
As a leader in creating social justice change, The Foundation for Peaceful Communities launches the P.E.A.C.E. Projects (Personal Excellence Achieved Through Community Empowerment). Partnering community leaders with solutions for foster kids and the foster youth aging out of the foster-care system. Together we can achieve a better world for these foster youth. Read further
Published on Apr 21, 2015 Elaine Whitefeather, Executive Director of A Community for Peace received the Service To Mankind Award from the Mountain West Region of SERTOMA. This video is her acceptance speech, as she was unable to attend the award ceremony in Arizona.