Daya, Inc.

Empowering South Asian Survivors of Abuse

Houston, TX   |  www.dayahouston.org

Mission

Daya's mission is to empower South Asian survivors of domestic and sexual violence through culturally specific services and to educate the community in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Ms. Rachna Khare

Main address

P.O. Box 770773

Houston, TX 77215 USA

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EIN

76-0513273

NTEE code info

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Women's Rights (R24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Daya's mission is to address the domestic and sexual violence in the South Asian community. The South Asian immigrant community is a growing and diverse community in the Greater Houston area. Domestic violence is a reality but often times it is ignored or silenced. Additional cultural and immigration factors pose challenges for victims of abuse, making it harder for them to access help. Daya addresses the violence and opens up access to survivors of abuse by providing culturally specific services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Client Services Program

All Services provided by Daya are confidential and free of charge. Daya's Direct Client Services include: helpline, individual counseling, victim advocacy, legal advocacy, rental assistance, long term case management, support groups, translation and interpretation, career and educational assistance, assistance with accessing public benefits, and referrals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of Asian descent

Daya's Outreach and Training Programs aim to engage and empower communities to address the issue of domestic violence by providing support, education and resources to individuals, families, community advocates, professionals, task forces and religious organizations. Daya hosts trainings and seminars on domestic violence and other issues critical to the South Asian community and hosts events that increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. Daya conducts cultural competency trainings for mainstream organizations and State Agencies including law enforcement and the legal community. Daya works closely with religious leaders, faith communities and survivors of domestic violence to better understand the key issues for the survivors in relation to their faiths. Daya also maintains a strong presence through informational booths and presentations at various South Asian community events.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of counseling clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Client Services Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of referrals to resources offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Client Services Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of months of housing assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Client Services Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Daya's vision is to participate in creating a South Asian community in Houston and beyond that is free from family violence and sexual assault.

We believe that we can accomplish this mission with our two pronged approach. First, we need to be available to serve survivors who are in desperate and dangerous need of immediate physical or emotional resources. Without saving individuals, and keeping our community safe for the most vulnerable, we cannot claim that we are healthy and thriving.

Our second approach is to carefully examine the reasons that violence continues to be perpetuated and change those dynamics. Some negative lessons that are reinforced throughout life include teaching children that violence and punishment is a form of love, that if your partner is “obsessed" with you, it must be because they really care about you and that keeping up the appearance of a happy family is more important than the safety and security of individual family members.

We believe that if given the chance and the example of how to be in a healthy relationship, people will choose to create that for themselves and ultimately create happier and healthier communities.

Daya's strategies are the following programs. Mental Health Services and Case Management in which counselors and advocates use culturally specific techniques to address safety, provide resources and develop strategies to help clients move toward abuse-free lives. Daya's mode of services is trauma-informed and survivor-centered. Daya counselors provide traditional talk therapy as well as innovative mental health modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat trauma.
Housing Services Program which addresses that economic dependency is a major factor for women to remain in abusive relationships, providing housing gives survivors the time needed to acquire education, job training, and emotional stability for financial independence. Daya meets immediate housing needs through its partnership with local shelters. For long-term needs, Daya's Housing Advocate builds relationships with potential housing partners (apartment complexes, rental homes) and administers a specific questionnaire to assess each client's risk and need for housing advocacy during the intake. Through the Supportive Housing Program and Rapid Rehousing, Daya provides clients with rental assistance in an effort to help clients break the cycle of violence and regain independence. Legal Services for South Asian survivors of abuse since many are afraid to come forward out of fear of losing immigration status for both themselves and their abusers. Daya's legal clinic is a unique project that connects clients to culturally competent pro bono or low-cost attorneys with whom Daya has forged close partnerships. Daya also partners with legal agencies such as AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse), Tahirih Justice Center and Lone Star Legal Aid who provide representation in conjunction with Daya Client Advocates who provide legal advocacy to clients. As a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited agency, Daya's Director of Legal Services is certified to assist clients in filing immigration paperwork.
Community Outreach: The Community Outreach program is prevention focused and strives to inform and engage the South Asian community in the movement to end violence. Daya also challenges the South Asian community to discuss taboo topics toward the goal of awareness and prevention. "Start the Conversation" is a safe space for the community to consider, analyze and confront the issues, challenges and complexities that affect all. Education and Training: Daya provides training in the area of cultural competency, this structure allows Daya to have a larger impact in informing the Houston community about the systems- level experience for immigrant survivors of abuse. This training is provided to service providers, shelters, and law enforcement. Another aim is to increase education provided to partner attorneys on the dynamics of DV/SA in immigrant communities, cultural competency, and the BIA capabilities at Daya.

Daya started as a volunteer-run grass-roots level organization using coffee shops as meeting places, Daya has grown to include seven paid full-time staff members including an Executive Director. Client advocates meet clients in Daya's own office space located in southwest Houston. Daya had a record number of 394 clients in 2017 with 282 new clients, a 40% increase from the previous year. Daya's array of services include counseling and advocacy, legal clinic, housing assistance, education and job training, translation and interpretation services and financial assistance toward rent, food and childcare. An thirteen-member volunteer board governs the operations of Daya. The Staff, Board, Advisory Board and volunteers of Daya, together, represent the major religions and regions of South Asia and can speak in many South Asian languages.

Daya's phenomenal growth can be attributed to the following factors: 1.The agency's unique focus on South Asian population; 2. Its multi-pronged approach to combating domestic violence with direct client advocacy as well as community education and training; 3. Trained and credentialed staff who are also cultural experts with the ability to frame the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault within the community's cultural context; 4. A robust volunteer program that utilizes volunteers as cultural ambassadors in the mainstream community and 5. Strong partnership with local, state-level and national organizations that enables the agency to provide referrals and garner as well as share available resources.

Over the last twenty-one years, Daya has made great strides in getting the South Asian community to have an open dialogue on domestic and sexual violence as well as related issues of addiction and mental health problems. No doubt, these efforts have lessened the stigma of family violence to a certain extent and increased support for victims. Despite the progress, much more remains to be done. The needs and demands of this growing population are only increasing. Daya is at a crucial juncture now, poised and ready to tap into the marginalized sections of the South Asian society as well as the second and third generations of South Asian youth population.

With a track record of over twenty years of dedicated service to the community and a well-earned reputation and support from the community, Daya aims to move forward with its efforts to erase domestic violence in Houston.

In August 2016, Daya hit a major accomplishment by shifting from a Board-run to Executive Director-run organization and current has 7 full-time staff to date, a budget of $500,000 and capacity to serve over 300 clients annually. At the end of 2014, Daya sold their transitional home to create a Supportive Housing Program to help survivors
move into safe and stable housing in an area of their choice, based on safety, school districts, and proximity to support networks. The Supportive Housing Program was more than doubled in August 2017, with the addition of a Rapid Rehousing sub-grant from the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. In May 2015, Daya became a BIA certified organization and received the SAALT Changemakers Award for their legal clinic and BIA work in April 2017. With increased need for financial accountability due to large public grants (OVW and CJD) in 2014 and 2016, Daya transitioned to the Quickbooks accounting system and will hold their first audit in 2018. Also with regards
to accountability, Daya now uses the Osnium database to house confidential client records, Kindful to track community donors, and secure Google forms to track volunteer hours and outreach efforts. Throughout 2016 and 2017, Daya has worked on rebranding by updating the website, creating outreach videos, creating and distributing new materials for various audiences, and interacting with the community through all major social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). In 2017, Daya also replaced their annual seminar for more frequent events across a variety of topics related to breaking barriers and social justice. This event series, titled "Start the Conversation" is a safe space for the
community to consider, analyze and confront the issues, challenges and complexities that affect all. In August 2017, Daya worked with training consultant to standardize trainings into well defined modules that can be delivered by any appropriate staff, volunteer, or Board member, allowing the organization to have a larger impact.

Financials

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Daya, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Fatima Mohiuddin

Daya Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2022

Viji Raman

Lakshmy Parameswaran

Fatima Mohiuddin

Sheela Rao

Annu Naik

Aparna Asthana

Shazma Matin

Mary John

Anasuya Kabad

John Ting

Charu Verma

Shree Hardikar Nath

Sandhya Sabhnani

Mika Rao

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes