E-Newsletter: December 2020
Annual Report Released
As 2020 comes to a close, we are excited to share our newly released Annual Report.

Despite the challenges of this year, it also brought a reason to celebrate: Laurel House's 40th Anniversary!

Click Here to read about the services and programs we were able to provide because of your support. The report also talks about how Laurel House adapted to the ongoing public health crisis and how we continue to serve our clients.
Wreaths of Hope Results
Congratulations to Marian’s Attic, who participated in this year's Boyd’s Gaming Wreaths of Hope contest at the Valley Forge Casino.

Their beautiful wreath came in second place, earning them a $1500 prize! Thank you so much to all who voted, and to Boyd’s Gaming for this gift!
Holiday Update and Needs

Adopt-a-Family Update! Thanks to you, our amazing supporters, all 157 families have been adopted! Gifts have been purchased, and we can almost see the smiles on the families' faces.

But, if you are still looking to help, there are a few ways to do that this holiday season:
Monetary Donations - Support Laurel House by making a financial donation. An unrestricted donation will allow us the flexibility to support our clients' needs directly, which can vary greatly from family to family.
 
Wish List Items – Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we ask donors to consider providing gift cards this holiday season. Gift cards help clients purchase items such as food, clothing, medications, and gas. If you would prefer to donate specific items, please check out our Holiday Wish List. All items on the wish list can be ordered through AmazonSmile.

Holiday donors are strongly encouraged to order online for delivery to our main office whenever possible. If you prefer to drop off directly, we will also have a “no contact” drop off option: Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please note the last day for donation drop off at our offices will be Monday, December 21st.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a "no contact" drop-off, please call our main office at 610-277-1860 ext. 117.
Marian's Attic is Closed

Due to rising cases of COVID-19, Marian's Attic Thrift Shop temporarily closed on December 14th and will be closed until further notice.

While the shop is closed, no donations can be accepted. If you would still like to support Laurel House, please see our Holiday Wish List.
Thank You for #GivingTuesday

Thank you so much for supporting Laurel House during #GivingTuesday! Because of our generous supporters, we raised over $6,400! We are grateful to be a part of a community that's always willing to #GiveforDV.

We appreciate the support of our donors on #GivingTuesday and all year round. We can't thank you enough for giving survivors of domestic abuse a start to a new life!
Breaking the Silence: Join the Conversation
Join us on February 10, 2021, for Breaking the Silence: Shifting the Culture through Education, Empowerment, and Safety. This virtual panel will discuss teen and young adult dating violence prevention. It will feature keynote speaker Bill Mitchell, author of When Dating Hurts: What We Learned about Domestic Violence after our Daughter's Tragic Death.

In June 2005, Kristin Mitchell was killed 20 days after graduating from Saint Joseph's University by her ex-boyfriend. Since that time, her father, Bill Mitchell, has been an active advocate and friend to Laurel House.

To register for the event, click here. For more information about the event, contact Ashley at abaskin@laurel-house.org.

Click Here to order your copy of When Dating Hurts.
"A Survivor Turned Thriver"
"I came to Laurel House, broken, afraid, alone, and without hope. Years of abuse will do that to anyone... Even a 6'2", 215 lb man like me... When I explained my circumstances through tears and painful flashbacks, the loving and caring people of this incredible organization accepted what happened without judgment. They gave me a safe space to not feel so alone. They gave me the tools to help manage my fear and fix the broken parts within myself. And...after struggling with these issues and the fallout of my abusive marriage, I finally have the strength to live every day with mindful intention and realistic hope for my future. I would not be where I am today without the help from Laurel House and the amazing people that work there. If you find yourself in quiet desperation without knowing where to turn, please...reach out to Laurel House, and they will do everything they can to help you." 
 
— anonymous

Laurel House provides services to anyone impacted by domestic violence and abuse, regardless of gender. If you, or someone you know, is being impacted by domestic abuse, call Laurel House's confidential, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-642-3150.
For our toll free, 24-hour hotline, call 1-800-642-3150