About Us

The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County is committed to the mission of providing leadership initiatives that contribute to ending physical, sexual and emotional violence.

Since 1981 the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County has been the community’s response to violence and abuse, serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes and older victims of any crime, while also working to prevent violence and abuse through prevention education, intervention training and public awareness. As a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the local shelter is active in the oldest and most respected coalition in the country. Statewide, the Shelter’s services are recognized for innovative program excellence.

As the only domestic violence emergency shelter and sexual assault agency in Lawrence County, the agency’s comprehensive programming serves to address many client needs under one roof.  Crisis Shelter programs, along with those of the many community partners we collaborate with, offer practical solutions and helpful opportunities to the families we serve. Our services are free to all victims in Lawrence County and surrounding communities regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, income level or disability.

Through its history, the Shelter, as well as its programs, have continued to grow to meet emerging community needs. As the facility serves the county as a recognized community asset, Shelter programs have become more familiar to the Lawrence County population. Formerly at an undisclosed location, the current facility is clearly identified in the community helping victims to more readily find support.

Annually, the agency serves nearly 1500 victims/survivors in a county with a population of  just over 91,000. Staff reaches about 12,500 students with age appropriate prevention education each year ranging from pre-school to college ages and nearly 3000 community members with awareness/intervention training.  One of the most powerful solutions to ending the generational cycle of violence has proven to be the agency’s transitional housing program, where families have adequate time to learn the skills of independence. The transitional housing program recently was rated first in its region for HUD projects.

“Breaking The Cycle of Violence”

“Then, after a few days when I started to get used to my new home, staff members offered me services and took me around town. They helped me do things such as file a PFA – a protection from abuse order, sign up for welfare and child support and even obtain a lawyer.”