Centre Safe has launched a holiday campaign with a goal of $50,000 to provide services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking throughout the year in Centre County.

Established in 1975 as the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Centre Safe has grown to include three locations in State College and Bellefonte. Its staff and resources provide free, professional and confidential services, including emergency housing, counseling, advocacy, legal support, outreach, education and safe custody exchanges and supervised visitation through the Child Access Center. 

Last year, Centre Safe supported nearly 900 victims of domestic violence and 200 survivors of sexual assault, with more than 200 adults and children needing shelter or housing, Executive Director Jennifer Pencek said in a news release.

“We would not be able to do the level of work we do without the amazing support of community members,” Pencek said. “Those working at Centre Safe feel called to this line of work, and we are incredibly thankful for supporters who help give us the tools to help so many in our communities across Centre County.”

Contributions to the holiday campaign will directly support clients and services. For example, according to Centre Safe, donations fund services such as:

$10,000: 10 families with assistance to relocate to safe housing

$5,000: 100 hours of legal assistance

$2,500: 32 monthly bus passes to provide transportation to job interviews, medical appointments and employment

$1,000: 20 safe custody exchanges

$500: Textbooks for clients completing degrees/training

$250: Food, toiletries and other necessities for a family escaping violence

$100: Advocacy and support to obtain a protection from abuse order

$25: Books for children living in the Sylvia Stein Shelter

Donations can be made online or by sending a check made payable to Centre Safe to 140 W. Nittany Ave., State College, PA 16801.

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