After more than ten years of planning and two years of renovation on a $3.5 million building project, Laurel House’s Capital Campaign, Rebuilding Lives, Restoring Hope, is complete! This new building, known as the Safe Haven Center, will provide emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic abuse and their families.
Just as our fundraising has exceeded expectations, so has the actual building itself! The Safe Haven Center is 9,000 square feet of warm and welcoming space, which provides increased capacity and accessibility to on-site services, including a 24- hour hotline, crisis response, legal advocacy, individual and group counseling, case management, and programs for children. Each area in the building was thoughtfully designed to ensure that clients and residents feel safe and secure from the moment they walk into the building. And the feedback from residents who have stayed at the Safe Haven Center has been just that – that it’s a bright and welcoming space. “I feel so safe here” were the exact words of a 4-year-old boy who stayed with his mother at the shelter several weeks ago.
Beth Sturman, Executive Director, states, “While our original building has been a haven for thousands of families seeking safety, the Safe Haven Center will increase our capacity and provide much-needed enhancements in design, security, and accessibility. This new location is close to public transportation, job training programs, employment opportunities, and many other community resources.”
Since the Safe Haven Center opened its doors on June 6, 2022, we have been able to provide safe shelter to 73 adults and 71 children; and our advocates have answered over 2,400 hotline calls. Thank you for contributing to a campaign that will ensure life-saving support to those in our community.
We appreciate your support and could not have done it without you! Check out the video below for a video tour of the Safe Haven Center!
Our Journey to the Safe Haven Center
Laurel House purchased a building in Lansdale, PA, where it relocated its former shelter and expanded support services. This new location is close to public transportation, job training programs, employment opportunities, and many other community resources. This new building is now known as the Safe Haven Center. While our original shelter had 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.
As the county’s only comprehensive domestic violence agency, Laurel House provides life-saving services and support for the entire community. We are so grateful for your investment in this campaign. This new, secure, and easily accessible facility houses 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 has transformed 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 made it to $3.5M thanks to your generosity!
*A portion of this amount raised to date is contingent on the successful completion of certain grant requirements and the receipt of pledges.
*As noted on Capital Campaign pledge cards and website: The overall goal for the use of pledges or gifts to the capital campaign was to fund the acquisition, construction, and financing costs of the shelter. However, the funds may also be used at the discretion of Laurel House to pay for expenses incurred by Laurel House during the campaign, including repayment of indebtedness. Any contributions received more than the amounts needed for the designated project will be used for the future operating costs of related programs or will be used as needed at the complete discretion of Laurel House.
Take a Look Inside the new Safe Haven Center!
The exterior of the building
The reception area 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 Todd David Satell Memorial Playground
Tree of Life to thank our donors and to symbolize the renewal of life for the children of Laurel House.
The multipurpose room on the first floor
The Counseling Center on the first floor
The dining room on the second floor
One of the bedrooms on the third floor
Our ADA-compliant elevator
Laurel House is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization as defined under the Internal Revenue Service code section 501 c (3). Tax exemption entity ID 23-2172743. Please consult with your professional tax advisor as to what deduction may be available to you. The official registration and financial information of Laurel House may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.