Fleeing an abusive partner can be one of the most dangerous times for a victim of domestic abuse. Many victims lack the financial resources or support systems to survive without their abuser. Recognizing this impediment, Laurel House offers emergency shelter services. Each year, there are 150-200 victims and their children that come through our shelter.
Domestic abuse victims and their children are provided with the following services, free of charge, while staying at our emergency shelter:
- Up to 30 days of shelter
- Individual and group counseling
- Advocacy services
- Case management
- Legal representation
- Food, clothing, toiletries, linens, and more
Our highly skilled staff works with victims and their families, helping them find the strength to stand on their own. Our shelter offers a safe and nurturing environment where victims can heal and move forward with their lives.
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. These programs provide a “bridge” between our shelter and independent community living. The goal of the program is to enable families to become self-sufficient and help reduce the risk of having them 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 will receive:
- weekly case management
- group counseling
- life skills training
- emergency financial assistance
- children’s services
- connections to community resources.