1889 Foundation granted $200,000 in matching funds to the Women’s Help Center for emergency shelter services.

Housing continues to be one of the top barriers identified by the Community Care HUB’s Community Health Workers and health and human service providers in the area – one of those providers being the Women’s Help Center.

“The Women’s Help Center provides more than just temporary shelter to those in need. The Center offers resources and services that provide hope, help restore dignity, and empower individuals to rebuild their lives,” said 1889 Foundation President Sue Mann.

Emergency shelter services are a haven for survivors fleeing violence in their homes and individuals experiencing a housing crisis. The shelter is temporary and free of charge and offers a variety of services that include developing a personal goal plan, case management, developing coping and anger management skills, accessing legal advocacy, and assistance through the housing process.

“The support of the 1889 Foundation is truly exceptional,” said Women’s Help Center executive director Roxanne Tyger. “Financially, it enables us to respond to the tremendous need for emergency shelter and support in the community. It is also a daily reminder of the level of care, concern, and commitment the 1889 Foundation has to helping the Cambria County community thrive. In just November, December, and January, we sheltered 88 children along with their families. Without the support of the 1889 Foundation, those families and children would not have had a safe place to stay.”

1889 Foundation’s grant to the Women’s Help Center was matched by Cambria County funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Homeless Assistance Program.

The Foundation believes in the work being done by the Women’s Help Center and its commitment to provide emergency shelter to those in need.