Who We Are
Laurel House is the only emergency domestic violence shelter in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
The shelter was founded by the Women's Center of Montgomery County in 1980.
In June 1981, Laurel House was
incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization. Funding comes from a
diverse spectrum of sources.
The name was selected
because of the beauty of the laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower, and because the laurel
represents a victory for those women who have taken the step of coming to Laurel House to
be free of the violence in their lives and in the lives of their children.
Laurel House serves families suffering from every kind of domestic violence.
Annually, Laurel House provides emergency
shelter to approximately 400 women and children, 24-hour hotline counseling to 950 adults,
Bridge Housing for 12 families, and community education to 50 community groups and 25 schools.
Other services include:
A comprehensive empowerment counseling
program for women and their children
Referrals to other community agencies for long-term counseling
24-hour hotline counseling for crisis intervention, information and referrals
Children's Program for children who have
witnessed abuse or who have been abused themselves
Substance abuse counseling
Food and Clothing
Funds for public transportation
Legal advocacy, including court accompaniment and legal assistance
Community support groups for women not residing in the shelter
Bridge Housing for selected families whose goal is to be self-sufficient and to live violence-free lives
Domestic violence prevention education programs for schools, churches, synagogues and community groups
Post-shelter support, including counseling, food,
clothing, financial, employment and housing assistance