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:
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.
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.