Restoring Hope… A Capital Campaign for the Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center has surpassed the halfway point of our Restoring Hope Capital Campaign. Our goal is 2.5 million and we need your support to bring us to the finish line.

The Women’s Resource Center provides 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. The funding raised for this campaign will be designated toward the following areas:

Safe Housing: This program prioritizes emergency safe housing for women, children, and men who are at high risk and must flee their homes to be safe. After addressing the immediate safety risks, WRC offers permanent housing options, including Transitional Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, Homeless Prevention, Rental Assistance, and Relocation Assistance.

Emergency Crisis Program: Available 24/7, our Counselor Advocates provide one-on-one assistance and counseling for survivors of rape, child sexual abuse, incest, stalking, human trafficking, economic abuse, teen dating violence, emotional and verbal abuse, and physical abuse. Significant others of survivors are also eligible for services.

Barbara J. Hart Justice Center: Through the Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, WRC utilizes the combined skills of dedicated attorneys and advocates to provide legal assistance to program participants. The Justice Center’s areas of representation include; legal representation and consultation, Protection from Abuse (PFA) and Sexual Violence Protection Orders (SVPO), child custody, child support, spousal support, divorce, housing matters, consumer debt, and immigration issues. We also provide education/training to other attorneys and professionals.

Teen & Young Adult Programs: WRC provides in-school educational programming to students in grades 7-12 in the school districts of Scranton and Montrose. Currently one full time educator and one part time manager provide these services. Additionally, WRC advocates go into the schools to work confidentially with individual young victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Facility Improvements: Our main facility, which houses most of our programs and administrative staff was built more than 120 years ago. While we have maintained the facility over the thirty-two years that we have owned it, we now need to replace one of our HVAC systems, renovate our counseling center, update security systems, replace windows, repair sidewalks, repair or replace our main entrance stairway, and expand parking. Retainer walls will soon be collapsing and landscaping is overdue. Also, given the nature of our work, it is essential, in both the Lackawanna and Susquehanna County buildings, that security systems are upgraded and fully operational.

Building an Endowment: The future of WRC’s essential programs and services must be secured. Being able to draw upon the income earned from an endowment fund can ensure the sustainability and future growth of our programs, to effectively address related community needs at any point in time.

In order to ensure the future of the Women’s Resource Center, and more importantly the future of the people who depend upon WRC’s life-saving services, we need your help. Please donate today.

Checks can be made payable to the Women’s Resource Center

Mailing Address:
Women’s Resource Center
Attention: Amy Everetts
PO Box 975 Scranton, PA 18501