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.
Oshkinigiikwe (Ojibwe- "Young Woman") and Safe Harbor Initiative
The Oshkiniigikwe program serves urban American Indian girls aged 11-21 who are at high risk for or have already experienced physical assault, sexual abuse/exploitation, family and/or intimate partner abuse, and other traumatizing events that contribute to physical and mental health disparity in American Indian females. Through provision of harm reduction-focused individual case management, peer support group, and cultural recreational activities, this program supports girls and young women in building the personal resilience and life skills needed to live healthier lives. MIWRC also employs two Safe Harbor Workers to further the state of Minnesota's efforts to end trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) of American Indian children and youth in both urban areas and tribal communities throughout the state.
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.