Monday, March 22, 2010
And if you like what you see fashion-wise, stop by Marian's Attic. Since all the fashions and accessories at the show came right from the shop, you'll find something just perfect for spring.
Marian's Attic is located in the Valley Forge Shopping Center in King of Prussia, PA (exact address is 255 Town Center Road). Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. We're open late on Thursdays until 8 p.m.
Donations of gently-used womens, men's, and children's clothing, accessories, shoes, costume jewelry, household items (no furniture, sorry), knickknacks and collectibles, books, videos, and DVDs are accepted during business hours and a tax receipt will be gladly provided. For more information about Marian's Attic, call 610-337-3068.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Shelters are asked to track their statistics for one day (which Laurel House does every day for funding requirements). The results, released today in recognition of International Women's Day (but with the full understanding that domestic violence does not discriminate against gender), are shocking.
83% of the country's domestic violence programs collectively tracked their statistics for one designated day, September 15, 2009.
Within those programs, 65,321 adults and children were assisted through shelter, transitional housing, and advocacy.
9,280 requests for services went unmet because of a lack of resources or staffing. 60% of the unmet requests were for emergency shelter or transitional housing and 40% of the unmet requests were for non-residential services.
17,445 children under the age of 18 spent the night of September 15, 2009 in a domestic violence shelter or transitional housing program - far more than the approximately 11,000 children born every day across the U.S.
7 babies were born in a domestic violence shelter or transitional housing program.
For the full 2009 report and state summaries, please go to www.nnedv.org/census.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Domestic violence is the perfect winter storm - of warnings and advisories and states of emergencies, of confusion swirling about, of coldness, of the not knowing what to expect on our doorstep in the morning.
And yet, always, in the midst of the storm and its aftermath there is help in the kindness of strangers, of the dedication of those in caring professions and those protecting others.
We saw this firsthand during the blizzard earlier this month. Although our administrative offices closed for two days, our shelter remained open and operating because during the February blizzard, there were 9 women and 9 children in crisis who needed shelter from the storms of domestic abuse in their lives.
Our staff member Michelle Malone and relief worker Robbin Garrett stayed at Laurel House's shelter from the morning of February 9 until the afternoon of February 12, so that those 9 women and 9 kids could be safe. In the coldest of days, that type of dedication is inspiring - and heartwarming.
It's also an example of why your financial support is so needed. Without your monetary gifts to Laurel House, there wouldn't have been a Michelle or Robbin at the shelter for three straight days.
We were there in the storm, and we are there in this storm, too.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
We are reaching out to you to ask you to consider creating a “Wish” or a “Tribute” to be included in the e-Book. The cost to place a wish or tribute (consisting of a maximum of 100 characters) is just $30.00. All funds raised by this initiative will be used to support our direct service programs, as well as our community education/dating violence prevention efforts.
Larger ads, as well as “Tributes or “Wishes” of more than 100 characters, are also available:
Full Page (8 ½” x 11”)
Half Page (8 ½” x 5 ½”)
Quarter Page (4 ¼” x 5 ½”)
30th Anniversary Message (100 characters maximum)
All camera ready ads are subject to the approval of Laurel House. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment must be made in full with ad and is non-refundable. Please make checks payable to Laurel House.
Camera ready art, Hi-Res PDF or EPS format preferred.
We value our on-going relationship with our community supporters, and we very much appreciate your consideration of our request. Please feel free to contact Beth Sturman, Executive Director, with questions or for more information about our upcoming 30th Anniversary Gala or other 30th Anniversary activities. Beth can be reached via email at: email@example.com, or by phone at: 610-277-1860, ext. 113. Thank you.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Each December, PECO employees at the Plymouth Service Building coordinate a baked goods and craft sale to benefit selected nonprofits in the immediate community. For the second consecutive year, PECO employees selected Laurel House as a beneficiary.
Laurel House was delighted to receive $420.00, representing a portion of the event's proceeds. (Our friends at Fellowship House in Conshohocken received the other portion.)
Attending the January 28 check presentation were (from left to right, pictured above) PECO representatives Nancy Mifflin and Eileen Mather; Beth Sturman, Executive Director of Laurel House; and PECO employees Cheryl Dowd, Sue Campbell, and Dave MacFarland.
Dave MacFarland, Manager of Support Services - Training, Methods, M&DS for PECO, wrote us a letter that explained why PECO selected Laurel House.
"We used this ... activity to raise money which could be given as a donation to a local agency that is focused on improving the lives of others. Your organization, the Laurel House, was identified as one of the agencies near our service building that is positively impacting the community .... Your efforts to help the families, specifically abused women and children, has not gone unnoticed."Thank you, Dave, and everyone else at PECO. With the cold temperatures this weekend, this donation warms our hearts as we will use these much-needed funds to warm the hearts of the 11 women and 10 kids who are calling our shelter home.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Join us for dinner at the Chick-fil-A in Audubon, PA on Monday, January 25! The Malvern School of West Norriton will be hosting a Spirit Night to benefit Laurel House and everyone is invited.
DATE: Monday, January 25
TIME: 5 - 8 p.m.
WHERE: Chick-fil-A, 680 S. Trooper Road, West Norriton, PA
A portion of all sales between 5 - 8 p.m. will be donated to Laurel House. (Even drive-thru orders count, too!)
There will also be a prize wheel for $1, with 100% of all proceeds from the prize wheel being donated to Laurel House.
Thanks so much to our friends and the students at The Malvern School of West Norriton for organizing this event. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
"I can hardly put into words how I feel about what you all have brought to me this Christmas. I actually feel the joy of this season. I was floored when I saw everything I asked for in front of me. Please know I am so grateful & I am sooooo looking forward to sharing these gifts with my son. Thank you. Thank you! BTW, I'm scheduled to pick up my key for permanent housing on Jan 25!!"
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday and happy, healthy 2010!