Laurel House

Domestic Violence Shelter and Services
for Abused Women and Their Children

Bridge Housing Program

Transitional Housing for up to
Two Years

The Laurel House Bridge Housing Program, which is a subsidized post-shelter housing program, was launched in 1988. The program was created in response to the difficulties that women were having when looking for safe, affordable housing. It began with three families. To date, the program has been expanded to help a total of twelve families.

Counseling focuses on helping families to continue the healing process in a supportive environment. Healthy interaction within the family is a priority goal for families leaving abusive homes. Mothers meet bi-weekly for group and individual sessions. Children receive individual and group counseling through the children's program.

Practical issues, such as running a home and budgeting of time and money are addressed. Counselors encourage women to develop goals towards furthering their education or finding employment. Assisting women to gain information about available community resources helps them to avoid living from crisis to crisis.

We count the successes in many different ways. For some families, the priority is to heal relationships between the mother and her children. For others, this time can be an opportunity to gain needed life skills, education and job skills. Our focus is to always individualize our approach when supporting each woman in attaining the goals she has set for herself and her children.

 Crisis intervention
 Safety planning
 Parent education and support
 Individual counseling
 Support groups
 Information and referral
 Individual advocacy
 Ongoing counseling

HOTLINE: 1-800-642-3150
PO Box 764
Norristown, PA 19404
Phone 800-642-3150
Fax 610-275-4018
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