Safety is a familiar concept to us all, the idea of being protected from a variety of potential harms. Essentials common to us all—shelter, food, clothing—are typically found in the place we call home. When that home undergoes a shift from peaceful and secure to violent and frightening, local residents are welcomed into the Abuse Network’s emergency domestic violence shelter, Hollister House. The Abuse Network is a United Way partner agency who delivers this indispensable refuge.
The Abuse Network serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes through counseling, legal and medical advocacy, accompaniment, and emergency shelter. In some domestic violence crises, a shelter may be needed. The Abuse Network provides victims entering the shelter with an assortment of services, including their basic necessities. Such provisions go a long way in offering peace of mind to those facing difficult, uncertain situations. An anonymous client spoke highly of their time at Hollister House, saying “[It] gave me the confidence to say no when needed. I knew I was safe and it gave me a chance to think about what I needed to do.” The value of that facilitating this self-confidence cannot be undervalued. Last year, The Abuse Network provided 2,297 days of shelter for Mifflin and Juniata County victims. The need for funding to deliver these services is imperative.
As The Abuse Network approaches their 30th anniversary, the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata continues to partner with this vital resource for the sake of our community’s overall well-being. To Crystal Paige, The Abuse Network’s Executive Director, the importance of this work is simple—“We offer our clients options that can lead to healing and give victims a voice.” Giving to this year’s United Way campaign will aide in making sure those voices are heard.