Black Women’s Blueprint envisions a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased.
SISTAS VAN: A MOBILE HEALING UNIT
Sistas Van is a trauma-informed, survivor-centered Mobile Healing Unit created and managed by Black Women’s Blueprint. This wheelchair-accessible van is an all-gender affirming space that centers the experiences and needs of Black women and femmes to close the gap and fill the need for support services across the spectrum of sexual and reproductive health.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we immediately activated our Sistas Van to serve our community in their time of greatest need. We helped to close the gap in support services across the spectrum of women's needs, gathering and delivering donations of fresh food and groceries, maternity and infant needs, offering crisis counseling and on the spot healing. As we noticed the impact of the pandemic on survivors of gender based violence we increased our emergency funds and cash assistance program. Our Leading with Love Fund has supported our community of women and gender-fluid relatives who are in crisis and in need of emergency cash assistance and financial support, basic necessities and supplies. We've also been assisting with rent, temporary housing, and emerging needs. We mobilized our circles of doulas, midwives and birthworkers to attend to women's sexual and reproductive health bringing the following specific items: emergency contraception, condoms, pregnancy tests, Plan B, uterine and reproductive health supplies, all which are critical and unmet needs for women and survivors of violence.
KEEP THE SISTAS VAN REPLENISHED
We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received over the past year, both in goods and monetary donations.
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International donations can be made HERE
At this time if you are in New York / New Jersey area and you would like to donate supplies, please fill in this form and our team will be in touch with you. We truly appreciate it and want to be sure we are connecting our community with the resources they need.
Your donations will help support the above current needs as well as continuous essential supplies and materials that will be used to service communities of survivors in need. With your donation we can purchase items such as, but not limited to, fortifying care kits(mirrors, male/female condoms, contraceptives, pregnancy tests, hygiene items, blood pressure readers, sanitary products,) abundant healthy meal kits; food vouchers and Metrocards.
With an abundance of generosity, we could enhance the van with furnishings, monitors, lighting, security system. We could provide First Aid Kits and health information toolkits. And we could create a mobile app with service listings and location tracking.
We call on you to give radically to keep our Sistas Van on the road, to keep sisters in a haven of community, healing and liberation, to shift the narrative and material conditions of our lives.
Follow us on Instagram to keep updated on needs, routes, and services. If you have any questions, want to collaborate or are having a distribution event and Sistas Van can park in front and give out materials as well please email our Sistas Van Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
LONG TERM VISION
DELIVERING EDUCATION AND RESOURCES ON THE GROUND
Sistas Van is designed to serve survivors of sexual violence, trafficking, reproductive violence, and physical abuse, many of whom described avoiding contact with the medical system in extreme circumstances, due to multiple fears, including re-traumatization and stigma. We provide wrap-around services and connections to partner services. We foreground each survivor’s right to access services and support in their community, and to deploy their capacity for leadership.
OUR RADICAL CARE AND HEALING PHILOSOPHY
Provide a safe passageway that promotes sexual rights, sexual health, bodily autonomy, and reproductive dignity
Position ourselves within communities to meet women, girls, gender fluid and gender non-conforming people and survivors where they are are
Address the gaps in care and services offered in traditional institutions
Offer a positive, integrated approach to the multiple sexual, reproductive and mental health concerns and issues women face across identities.
Holistic care that is confidential, safe, accessible, and trauma informed.
Download our Community Packet to learn more about how the Sistas Van is offering safe, holistic access to reproductive healthcare.