The mission of Laurel House is to:
Advocate for and empower those impacted by domestic violence by providing crisis intervention, safe haven, supportive programs, and resources.
Advance social change through preventative education and through community training and collaboration to foster a coordinated response to domestic abus
More 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 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, during the past several decades, our programs have expanded to include many other needed services and support resources. Today, in addition to our 24-hour hotline and shelter, Laurel House offers transitional housing, crisis response (DART), individual and group counseling, medical and legal advocacy, children’s services, law enforcement collaboration, and expanded community education and prevention efforts.
“Not very many people have taken the time to help me and support me in a situation like this. I’ve had to be my own advocate through it all, which was not easy. However, when you have people as compassionate and caring as the (Laurel House) advocates are, it really makes me look at things from a different perspective. It makes me believe that there are good people in this world.”- a Laurel House client
“Words can’t express my gratitude for you and your team at Laurel House! Y’all have helped my daughter and me so much. Not to mention all the other families that you reach. You are truly angels.”- a DART client
“Thanks to my counselor, I have begun to rebuild my life. She guides me through the tough situations I have been through and gives me courage to face the future”- a former shelter resident