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Adopt-A-Family: ‘Tis the Season for Giving the Gift of Empowerment!

The holiday season is full of love and joy. It’s a time to sit back, enjoy some hot chocolate, and feel cozy in a blanket while surrounded by your loved ones. Think back–do you remember a time when you received a special present? As a kid, maybe it was the toy Barbie doll, truck, stuffed animal, or board game you had been pleading for over the past few months. As a parent, maybe it was the joy of seeing your child’s face light up when they opened the present you searched for high and low. Adopt-A-Family!

Adopt a FamilyMany of us dream of our perfect holiday and perfect present; but, some have dreams of a different kind. For many survivors at Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, they arrive with just the clothes on their backs or what little they were able to grab while fleeing domestic violence. In addition, many survivors often don’t have the financial resources to buy presents and make the holiday season merry for themselves and their children due to financial abuse, which almost always exists in abusive relationships. This holiday season, WC&S is asking you to help us bring the simplest of joys to those we serve through our Adopt-A-Family program!

By participating in Adopt-A-Family, you’ll bring smiles to all of those beautiful faces!

It’s easy–all you need to do it follow three simple steps:

1. Purchase Gift Cards
You’re giving the gift of empowerment! Gift cards provide mothers with choices when shopping for their children. Recommended gift cards include Visa, Target, and Walmart.

 2. Complete the Donation Form
Filling out the donation form provides the necessary documentation for the donation. Along with the gift cards, please provide the name of the donor, organization/company, address, phone number, email address, and gift card amount(s).

 3. Send in the Gift Cards!
Mail the gift cards to:
Women’s Center & Shelter
Attn: Adopt-A-Family
P.O. Box 9024
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Are you ready to give back to others this holiday season? Ready, set, Adopt-A-Family!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jake Phillips by calling (412)687-8017 ext. 331 or

Thank you and Happy Holidays from WC&S!

4 Ways to Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month at WC&S

Think of your friends, family, and coworkers. Think of all your loved ones. One might assume that domestic violence has no impact on them; that it is something you might hear on the news but is someone else’s problem. Whether or not you are directly impacted by DV, it IS an issue that everyone should understand. In reality, one in three women are physically assaulted and 48% of women experience at least one form of psychological aggression by their partner in their lifetime. Domestic violence is not limited to any socio-economic class, race, location, or sexual orientation; it occurs everywhere, every day. So, think of your loved ones again. Do you want to help them? Let’s recognize the problem and help those who are suffering in silence!

What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

Domestic Violence Awareness Month occurs every October. The purpose is to show support and help victims of domestic violence as well as educate people on the impact DV can have on someone’s life, and the overall community. DVAM gives a voice to survivors and shares the message that intimate partner violence should not ever be tolerated.

Domestic Violence Awareness MonthWant to get involved in Domestic Violence Awareness Month at WC&S? Here are four ways you can help make an impact on those are experiencing DV.

DVAM Purple Happy Hour

WC&S recognizes the importance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! What better way to have you join our efforts in raising awareness than by hosting a Happy Hour, right?! It’s the perfect opportunity to have fun and also shed light on how to get involved. Time is running out to RSVP and get tickets, so click here to get the details today!

Donate the Essentials

Many survivors come to us with nothing except a plastic bag full of a few items they could grab before fleeing home. Can you imagine going someplace, not knowing how long you’ll be there, what you’ll need day-to-day, or what basics you’ll have access to? Your support is crucial in helping residents until they are able to heal and begin a new life, free from violence. Take a look here to see the most up-to-date list of essentials.

Corporate Volunteering

Does your company ask you to help out your local community by racking up volunteer hours? Get your coworkers together for various corporate volunteer opportunities that we have here at WC&S! Whether it is by keeping the Shelter clean so our residents feel at home, throwing a party for the littlest survivors in our Children’s Program, or preparing a delicious meal for the residents, there are plenty of ways you can show support for survivors of domestic violence.

Download the RUSafe App

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh has worked to provide you with safety at your fingertips! Download the free RUSafe app which assesses the potential harm one might have and an abusive relationship. The RUSafe app informs users of nearby, safe locations to go to, includes an agency directory for domestic abuse support services, and uses a secure journal tool.

If you or someone you know is a victim of DV, please reach out to us. We provide a 24-Hour Hotline at (412) 687-8005, Emergency Shelter, Children’s Program, Support Groups, Legal Advocacy, Medical Advocacy, and more. Know you are not alone and we are always here to help.

To learn more about resources provided by Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh please click here. If you or someone you know is looking to get more involved or want to help WC&S of Greater Pittsburgh, please visit how to help. Every donation counts and is a big help to survivors of domestic violence in the Pittsburgh area, please donate today.