Fleeing a violent partner can be the most dangerous time for a victim of domestic abuse. Many victims lack the financial resources or support systems to survive without the abuser. Recognizing this impediment, Laurel House offers emergency shelter services. Each year, approximately 200 women and 200 children come through our shelter where they are provided resources in order to get their lives back. Individuals and their children who seek safety from an abusive partner can stay at the shelter for up to thirty days, where they will receive both individual and group counseling as well as advocacy. It is during this period that our knowledgeable staff works with the women and their children so that they can find affordable housing, legal representation, and the strength to stand on their own. The shelter offers a safe and nurturing environment where victims can spend time healing as they move toward freedom from domestic violence.
Laurel House operates two transitional housing programs. Nehemiah’s Way is based out of the North Wales area while the Bridge Housing program is centered in the Norristown area.
This program provides a “Bridge” between the shelter and independent community living. The goal of the program is to enable families to be more self-sufficient and to help reduce the risk of having these families return to a domestic violence situation.
Participants in this program can stay for up to two years at one of seven scattered houses/apartments. During their time in the transitional housing program, residents receive: