*All services provided are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL*

Emergency Shelter Services:


   The shelter is a safe haven for survivors fleeing violence in their homes. Emergency shelter services are temporary and free of charge. If you have to leave your home for safety, the Help Center is just a phone call away; no matter what time of day or night - help is available.


Take the First Step

Call the Help Center 24/7 at 814-536-5361.


While Residing in the Shelter....

  • You will develop a safety plan that is the best fit for you and your family.

  • You will meet survivors who have experienced similar circumstances and obstacles.

  • Counselors will work with you and your children to identify goals and assist you in working toward them.

  • Available options will be presented -- you decide what course of action is best for you and your family.

  • Domestic violence education
    Developing coping and anger management skills
    Safety planning

  • Personnel will help you to reach your goals
    Seek counseling for you or your children
    File charges

  • Secure adequate and affordable housing or relocating out of the area.


Legal Advocacy:


The Women's Help Center Legal Advocacy Program is for those who have been affected by Domestic Violence; be it trauma caused by physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or financial abuse.


Legal Advocacy is based on an understanding of the emotional and social impact of domestic violence and provides assistance through the legal process associated with initiating action.


An available advocate will help to prepare you for, and support you through, legal appointments and court appearances.

Whether you are contemplating filing criminal charges against your abuser,  starting paperwork for the PFA process, need court accompaniment through your PFA process, or maybe counseling your first step, give The Help Center a call to see how we can assist you. (814) 536-5361

Leaving a violent relationship is not easy. Money, family pressures, concerns for children and fear of feelings for the abusive partner create uncertainty. Whether you leave or stay in the relationship, you can get free help and information from the Women's Help Center. Services are supportive in nature and encourage personal growth and empowerment.


The Women's Help Center offers free and private counseling over the phone and on a direct basis to help you sort out your feelings. Trained staff and volunteers provide empowerment counseling, present options and work with adult and child victims during and after the crisis period. Group counseling is also offered on a variety of topics within the Center throughout the community.