Laurel House first opened its doors in 1980 for the purpose of providing hotline and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. Now, more than three decades later, Laurel House has grown into a comprehensive domestic violence agency, providing supportive and preventative services throughout Montgomery County.
Although our programs and services have expanded and changed over the years, Laurel House’s commitment to the vision of “ending domestic violence in each life, home and community” remains as steadfast as ever.
While there is no “typical” day or week at Laurel House, here are some of the kinds of things that happen regularly:
These are just a few examples of the kinds of services Laurel House provides on a regular basis. Each day, our volunteers, staff, and board members are working together to address the needs of the people and communities in our region that are impacted by domestic violence. Thank you for your interest in our work, and for your support of our efforts.
Thank you for being a part of Laurel House and for the vital role you play in our work. Your support truly makes a difference!
As so many of our Laurel House friends and family know, we have been searching for several years for a new location to accommodate an expanding office and shelter space for our clients and staff. While we are not giving up on the goal of having a single campus for all Laurel House services and programs, we have come across a very viable and appealing solution that would allow us to expand our outreach and administrative office space now.
Effective Dec. 1, 2017, we will relocate Laurel House’s administrative and outreach offices to 180 W. Germantown Pike in East Norriton, Montgomery County. The move will take us from a 100+ year-old, outdated building to 5,000 square feet of newly renovated space that is on one floor in a fully secured building, making it safe and more accessible for our clients and our staff. The additional space also allows for additional counseling offices which means we can see more clients simultaneously than is possible in our current location.
This decision was made very deliberately, as we carefully evaluated our options. The ability to see more clients in updated, accessible space was the deciding factor in this case, particularly given the length of time we have been searching for an all-inclusive location. We are also continuing our search for a separate, new shelter location.
We are fortunate to be able to secure this office space via a renewable lease, which allows us the flexibility to continue our process of looking for our desired single-campus location for the future. In fact, we continue to work actively with county officials, as well as meet and engage with community leaders to assist us in this effort. As always, we are most appreciative of our Capital Campaign donors who have committed funds in support of a combined move for our shelter, outreach and administrative offices. Those funds are secure and will be utilized for a site that will include shelter, as well as office space.
In the meantime, we will share our new space in East Norriton with Mission Kids, Montgomery County’s Child Advocacy Center and a long-time collaborator with Laurel House.
We look forward to our expanded capacity in this new location and will keep you apprised of our progress on a new shelter location as well.