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Women's Center and Shelter
April 20, 2011

WC&S is one of the best nonprofits in Pennsylvania. It is a sanctuary in which every one feels emotionally and physically safe. I have been particularly impressed by the degree of training that all volunteers are required to undergo. We are trauma-informed, women-centered advocates. That means that everyone who works here, for free or for pay, has been educated to understand the terrible trauma that women survive when their partners have battered and abused them. Everyone is informed about the effects of trauma on the brain and body. Everyone is trained in active listening techniques. Everyone I have met here displays remarkable compassion for people who have been abused. All departments are well-organized and led by extremely competent people who would earn much more money with their skills in a different, profit-based workplace. People work and volunteer here because they passionately care about social justice. It's a wonderful place.

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I've seen how it has helped numerous women obtain protection from their abusers and stalkers. I have also seen how women have become more confident and capable as a result of the emotional, legal, and professional support that they have received here.

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Volunteer & I trained for three weeks and approximately 150 hours to become a legal advocate in the courts. .