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Laurel House

Phone: 610-277-1860 Website: Laurel House Website

About

Laurel House first opened its doors in 1980 for the purpose of providing hotline and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. Now, more than three decades later, Laurel House has grown into a comprehensive domestic violence agency, providing direct services throughout Montgomery County, as well as preventative education for students, specialized trainings for professionals, and awareness events for community members.
Although our programs and services have expanded and changed over the years, Laurel House’s commitment to the vision of “ending domestic violence in each life, home and community” remains as steadfast as ever.
Every day is different at Laurel House. On any given day, our staff members and volunteers work hard to help provide safety and support for domestic violence survivors and their families, while also providing outreach and education for community members throughout the region. While there is no “typical” day or week at Laurel House, here are some of the kinds of things that happen regularly:

  • A young mother calls the hotline and a trained advocate listens attentively and helps make arrangements for the mom and her children to get to safety;
  • Our Medical Advocate meets with a victim at a local hospital and provides her with options counseling;
    Counselors at the shelter help a resident relocate to another city so that she can begin her life again and be safely housed near extended family members;
  • Our Legal Advocate accompanies a young man to the courthouse to obtain a Protection from Abuse Order;
    Community volunteers coordinate a cell phone collection drive to raise funds for Laurel House;
  • A Police Officer calls to ask the on-call Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) volunteer to help with safety planning for a victim of domestic violence;
  • Our Community Educator visits a local high school and conducts an interactive presentation on Teen Dating Abuse and Healthy Relationships;
  • One of our licensed therapists meets with an elderly woman who is concerned because her granddaughter is in an abusive marriage and the woman wants to know how she can help her;
  • One of our thrift shop volunteers takes in a bag of donations from a woman who also asks for a brochure about our services to give to a co-worker who has confided that her boyfriend is becoming increasingly controlling and jealous.

These are just a few examples of the kinds of services Laurel House provides on a regular basis. Each day, our volunteers, staff, and board members are working together to address the needs of the people and communities in our region that are impacted by domestic violence. Thank you for your interest in our work, and for your support of our efforts.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the backbone of Laurel House! Laurel House could not provide the services that we do without our volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review our opportunities HERE. If you see something that might be of interest to you, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 610-277-1860 x105 for more information.
All volunteers will be asked to complete an application and submit to both a criminal background check as well as a child abuse clearance. For those individuals who are interested in volunteering in a position in which you would work directly with our clients it is required that you complete a training course that is mandated by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The training is approximately 45 hours and is held two times a year at Laurel House.

Volunteer opportunities also exist for those who do not wish to work directly with clients. Some examples of non-direct volunteer opportunities are community education, donation drives, etc.