One of MIWRC's longest continuously-funded direct service programs, Healing Journey is a peer-led support program for adult American Indian women aged 22 and older who are challenged by chronic mental health, substance abuse, and trauma histories. The Healing Journey program utilizes harm reduction strategies and the Ojibwe teaching "zhoo-way-nah-dig" ("taking care of each other") to provide safe space and time for women to walk their own healing path at their own pace. This model operates from cultural teachings that prioritize the process of working toward a life "in balance" over linear markers of success, such as total abstention from substance use, while connecting women with a support system of staff and peers who view them as vital, contributing community members regardless of their past or current struggles.
Safe Harbor Initiative
The Safe Harbor Youth Program at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC) is a supportive service program for youth ages 24 and under who have experienced sexual exploitation or are at risk of sexual exploitation.
Some examples of these services include:
- Basic needs assistance (food, shelter, etc.)
- Transportation assistance
- Job search assistance
- Culturally supportive services
- Information about group and community activities
- Referrals to other supportive programs
Domestic Violence Prevention & Intervention
An intervention and healing program for American Indian women, girls, and Two Spirit people who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). Individual counseling and community-based education activities provide a client-centered, strengths-based "safe space" that utilizes cultural teachings and other protective aspects of culture to encourage healing, build resilience, reduce risk of repeat traumas, and counter the normalization of intimate partner violence both outside and within our communities. In addition to serving urban American Indian women and families across the lifespan, we also bring programming to adult Native women incarcerated at Hennepin County Adult Correctional Facility (ACF) and the Federal Correctional Institute: Waseca, MN.
Sexual Assault Advocacy
One Sexual Assault Advocate provides crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, forensic examination support, and court advocacy for American Indian survivors of sexual violence, including individuals incarcerated at the Hennepin County Adult Correctional Facility (ACF) and the Federal Correctional Institute: Waseca, MN. The Sexual Assault Advocate is also able to assist clients with making police reports, initiating criminal investigation proceedings, and obtaining orders of protection against perpetrators of sexual violence.
On The Streets Outreach
MIWRC is working with The Family Partnership on a street outreach program. We facilitate a path toward healthier life ways for people who are ready to make positive changes in their life.