“At our darkest time, the Women’s Resource Center was there for me and my children. I don’t know if we would be here today without their caring and committed staff.” — Sarah, program participant, Women’s Resource Center
Sarah is one of the thousands of adults the Women’s Resource Center has served since its inception in 1977, when a small group of determined women founded the organization to address the abuse and oppression experienced by adults and children in our community.
Today, WRC continues to provide comprehensive services and is a designated rape crisis center for female and male victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties. With offices in both counties, services include a 24/7 crisis hotline, crisis counseling, emergency shelter, safe housing, legal services, support services, community education and advocacy.
“A staggering one in four women and one in seven men will be victims of violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. This could mean physical and emotional abuse, such as threats to the victim or children, name-calling and demeaning insults, or could mean sexual assaults or forced unwanted sexual contact. All types of abuse can lead to a life of fear and pain,” said Peg Ruddy, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center.
“Our work is never done and is constantly evolving. Right now, we are assisting in developing medical and police protocols, welfare and public housing policies, health care response to rape victims, creating new education and outreach initiatives, being a voice for survivors in the civil and criminal legal systems, and holding abusers accountable. We rely heavily on state and federal funding for these programs, and that can at times be up in the air,” she added.
Thus, the Women’s Resource Center “Restoring Hope” capital campaign came to be. WRC recently announced its Restoring Hope capital campaign to raise $2.5 million for programs, facility improvements and endowment and has already raised more than $1.4 million in cash and pledges toward its goal. This support has come from a combination of individuals, corporations, businesses and charitable foundations. The campaign is chaired by David and Ann Hawk.
“Everyone deserves to live a life free of violence, and the Women’s Resource Center is a place where adults and children can go to be safe,” explained Ann Hawk.
According to David Hawk,
“WRC is transforming communities through social change and is working to reduce or eradicate domestic violence in our hometowns. Every dollar counts. It doesn’t matter what the amount is… each donation symbolizes someone making a thoughtful contribution.”
In order to ensure the future of WRC, and more importantly the future of the people who depend upon WRC’s life-saving services, they need your help. Visit www.wrcnepa.org to watch a powerful video and hear firsthand from three survivors about how WRC restored their hope and saved their lives.
To donate, or for more information about the Restoring Hope campaign and WRC’s mission and services, visit www.wrcnepa.org or call 570-346-4460, ext. 108. If you or someone you know needs help, reach WRC through their 24/7 hotline numbers: in Lackawanna County, call 570-346-4671 and in Susquehanna County, 570-278-1800.
Amy Everetts is the director of development for the Women’s Resource Center. Established in 1976, the Women’s Resource Center provides comprehensive services for female and male victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties. Services include a crisis hotline, crisis counseling, emergency shelter, safe housing, legal services, support services, community education and advocacy.