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What is the Laurel House?

Well hello there! I am excited for the Laurel House to join the Norristown Patch Blog!  My name is Christina and I am the Development Associate here at Laurel House. You may be wondering what does Laurel House do. Let me tell you a little about us.

 "Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency serving individuals, families and communities throughout Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The agency's name was selected because of the beauty of the laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower. It represents a victory for people who have taken the courageous first step of reaching out to Laurel House to support them in their efforts to build a violence free life for themselves and their children.

The agency's first program, a domestic violence shelter for abused women and their children, was founded by the Women's Center of Montgomery County in 1980. In 1981, Laurel House was incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization.

Laurel House's shelter has long been known as a safe place to heal. However, over the past 31 years, our programs have expanded to include many other needed services and supports. Today, in addition to our 24-hour hotline and shelter, Laurel House offers transitional housing, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, community counseling and support groups, children's programs, support to law enforcement, and expanded community education and prevention efforts.

Several years ago, Laurel House opened Marian'sAttic, an "upscale resale" thrift shop in King of Prussia. Recently, Laurel House opened Laurel's Loft, another "upscale resale" thrift shop located in Lansdale. These shops help raise the needed funds to support our shelter and counseling programs, while also helping raise awareness about domestic abuse.

Laurel House services are available to male and female victims of abuse and their children. If you are in an unsafe situation because of domestic violence or if you would like to speak with a counselor about available services, please call our hotline at 1-800-642-3150."

That being said, I'm are excited to keep Patch readers up to date with events, news and other happenings at Laurel House. I also hope to share our knowledge about domestic violence and provide our readers with information on how to prevent it and what to do should an incident arise.  For more information please check out our website http://laurel-house.org.

Check back for more updates!

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