E-Newsletter: June 2021
Safe Haven Center Update
The Safe Haven Center is almost complete! The construction of the Safe Haven Center is projected to be finished in late summer or early fall. Check out the Capital Campaign page of our website for updated photos!
Program Updates
Effective July 1st, 2021, Minna Davis will step down from her role as Director of Counseling and assume the role of Director of Counseling, Emeritus. She will continue with Laurel House on a part-time basis. Our current Assistant Director of Counseling, Ashley Thompson, will step into the role of Director of Counseling starting in July.

Thank you Minna, for your support, guidance, and service to Laurel House over the last twenty years.
Virtual 5K Fun Run
Thank you to everyone who joined us on this year's 5K Fun Run! There's still time to share photos from your route.

With your help, we raised nearly $2300! These funds will allow us to continue to provide direct support and education to those in the Nicole’s Place community. We continue to provide vital services to those impacted by domestic abuse remotely.

To learn more about Nicole's Place, visit our website.
June is Pride Month!
LGBTQ is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. The term sometimes is extended to LGBTQIA, to include intersex and asexual groups. Queer is an umbrella term for non-straight people; intersex refers to those whose sex is not clearly defined because of genetic, hormonal, or biological differences; and asexual describes those who don’t experience sexual attraction.

Domestic abuse doesn't just impact heterosexual relationships. Click here to learn more about domestic abuse in LGBTQ+ relationships.

Laurel House supports any clients regardless of identity. In addition to individual counseling, Laurel House also offers gender neutral support groups and 55+ women's only support groups on Mondays and women's support groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, or for more information about counseling services, please send an email to info@laurel-house.org or contact the Counseling Department via phone or text at (215) 915-5125 or (215) 205-5311.

The safety of LGBTQIA+ victims is not only important to Laurel House, but to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) as a whole. Domestic violence doesn't discriminate: click here to learn the signs of abuse in the LGBTQIA+ community.

At Laurel House, we are proud to welcome all clients – no matter how they define themselves. Be proud! We are!
National Network to End Domestic Violence Releases 15th Annual Domestic Violence Count Report
In Pennsylvania, 2,574 victims were served in one day.

This means that 1,433 adult and child victims of domestic violence found refuge in emergency shelters, transitional housing, or other housing provided by local domestic violence programs. In addition, 1,141 adult and child victims received nonresidential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy, children’s support groups, and more And that's just in our home state.

Nationwide, in just one day, 76,525 domestic violence survivors received essential, life-changing services from local domestic violence programs.

Domestic violence programs depend on federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local funding in order to meet the needs of the survivors who depend on them. Learn why this funding is so critical in NNEDV’s new 15th annual DV Counts Report.
Beer Festival
On September 18th , The 4 Local Foundation will be hosting a unique beer tasting experience for the craft beer lover while raising funds for Laurel House. The event will be held from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at BB Kitchen and Grill’s Café (Highland Office Center).

This year's event will be a rodizio style beer tasting type event where a group of attendees are seated at a table for the entirety of the event and the breweries will rotate around to each table to talk about their beer and their brewery. Unlike a normal beer tasting festival, the breweries will be bringing cans instead of kegs. Their cans will be in a cooler at each table, and one of the attendees will be the “bartender” for the table. Each brewery’s representative will then talk about their featured beer and answer any questions before they move to the next table.

Will you help support us and The 4 Local Foundation in creating this unique beer tasting experience?

To book a table now, click here.
D.A.R.T is looking for volunteers!
Our Domestic Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T) is looking for volunteers!

D.A.R.T advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They partner with local police departments and health care professionals by responding to the scene of an incident in which a domestic abuse victim is in crisis. This immediate response includes: crisis counseling, safety planning, resource referrals, assistance with the Protection from Abuse Order process, and follow-up services.
In addition to crisis response, D.A.R.T Advocates are available to provide comprehensive domestic violence training to local police departments, the District Attorney’s office, and other service providers.

For more information about DART, or to schedule a training, please contact Tara Willis, D.A.R.T Manager, via email or at 610-277-1860 ext. 120.
Laurel House provides services to anyone impacted by domestic violence and abuse. 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 or text "HOPE" to 85511.
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If you need us, call 1-800-642-3150 OR Text "HOPE" to 85511