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Capital Campaign

Why Grow, Why Now?

Laurel House has been a trusted and respected resource in Montgomery County for more than 40 years, offering hope and healing to women, men, and children devastated by domestic abuse. While current funding sustains our existing operations, the costs of maintaining the shelter in a building that is over 100 years old increase each year. The building is inadequate to provide protection and services. Its steep stairs and narrow hallways are challenging for many residents to navigate, making it difficult to accommodate people with special needs. It lacks private space for advocacy and counseling services, which are essential to helping victims and their children heal. While Laurel House’s current shelter provides a haven for many victims of domestic abuse and their children each year, we can and must do better.

We Need Your Help!

Laurel House purchased a building in Lansdale, PA, where it will relocate its current shelter and expand support services. This new location is close to public transportation, job training programs, employment opportunities, and many other community resources. This new building will be known as the Safe Haven Center. While our original shelter has been a haven for thousands of families seeking safety, the Safe Haven Center will increase our capacity and accessibility and provide much-needed enhancements in design, security, and amenities.

We need your help to keep our residents safe, give them hope, and help them heal. As the county’s only comprehensive domestic violence agency, Laurel House provides life-saving services and support for the entire community. Your investment in this campaign to build a Safe Haven Center is vital. This new, secure, and easily accessible facility will house our emergency shelter, which is the only one in the county, as well as some of our supportive services for domestic violence victims and their children. The Safe Haven Center will transform our organization’s capacity to serve victims, improve outcomes for more families in Montgomery County, and ensure a safer community for years to come. 

We are on our way to $3.5M

                                                                                $1.719M

*A portion of this amount raised to date is contingent on the successful completion of certain grant requirements and the receipt of pledges.

Take a Look Inside the new Safe Haven Center!

Check out the progress so far!

The exterior of the building, where the main entrance for the Safe Haven Center will be. The tower addition is the new elevator that will be installed in order to allow all clients to easily navigate throughout the building.

The exterior of the building, where the main entrance for the Safe Haven Center will be. The tower addition is the new elevator that will be installed in order to allow all clients to easily navigate throughout the building.

Third floor residential space, where the bedrooms and bathrooms for residents will be.

Third floor residential space, where the bedrooms and bathrooms for residents will be.

From the perspective of where this photo was taken, you have just entered the second floor and are standing in the large dining room/gathering space, looking at the new kitchen, laundry room, and office space.

Stairway located on the second floor. In addition, the new Safe Haven Center will also feature an elevator for ease of navigation. The second and third floors are where our clients will reside.

Concrete and HVAC work being done on the first floor. The first floor is where our counselors, advocates, and other employees will be stationed, nearby to help with any client needs. The first floor will also have a children’s room and a multipurpose room.

Concrete and HVAC work being done on the first floor. The first floor is where our counselors, advocates, and other employees will be stationed, nearby to help with any client needs. The first floor will also have a children’s room and a multipurpose room.

Have more questions, or do not see what you are looking for?

Email Betsy Kilkenny, Director of Fund Development

or call her at 610-310-1529

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