VEAW Shelter – Farhio House

“Farhio House provides culturally specific advocacy services to East African and immigrant women and their children; and strives to address the urgent need for them to have a place where they can be safe, receive the services and healing that they need, as well as connect with other women to support each other.”

The Shelter

Farhio House is named after the agencies founder and Farhio Khalif and works to provide culturally specific shelter services to East African and Immigrant women and their children. Farhio House strives to provide those we serve with a place they can be safe from the abuse they have experienced, work on their health and healing and achieve self-sufficiency and success in whatever they choose for their own lives. Farhio House follows the empowerment model of advocacy in all that we do making sure to always remember that victims and survivors are the leaders of their own decisions.

All advocates at Farhio House are intentionally trained in culturally specific advocacy practices. We understand the unique challenges that East African and Immigrant women face daily and how those challenges intersect with the effects of domestic abuse on our clients and their children.Understanding intersectionality is essential for effective advocacy with the population that we serve and we strive to be leaders in this area.

Farhio House is proud of our advocates capacity to appropriately serve a culturally unique community. Our advocate staff is fluent in many of the languages that our service population may speak which include Somali and Swahili.

Farhio House services include; emergency safe shelter, legal advocacy, housing advocacy, resource advocacy, training and education and transportation services. We also have a 24-hour crisis line which is staffed and maintained by our trained advocates.

Farhio House Shelter Blog Posts:

  • The Importance of Youth Support
    Voice of East African Women’s mission is simple; we promote individualized safety planning for women in times of crisis and change. Our organization addresses the urgent need that we see for East African, Muslim, and immigrant women to have a refuge. A place where they can find advocates, resources, services, connection, and healing. Our programming is designed to help women Continue Reading
  • First-of-its-kind shelter offers a safe haven for East African and Muslim women in Minnesota fleeing abuse
    East African and Muslim women in Minnesota escaping domestic abuse now have a place to find a safe haven in St. Paul: The Farhio House. “It took us seven years to create this center,” said Farhio Khalif, founder of the shelter. “We want to empower women. We want to tell them that it’s OK to come forward and talk to Continue Reading