Strengthening Families Since 1887
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PPC Violence Free Network Shelter Services


The PPC Violence Free Network administers the only Shelter in Venango County and provides a safe atmosphere for victims of violence and their children. The major goals are to strengthen family life in our community by reducing emotional stresses and to provide a protective living environment as an alternative to remaining in a violent or dangerous situation.

Shelter affords victims of abuse the stress-free time and atmosphere to allow for setting goals and making decisions. The abuse may be physical, sexual, psychological or emotional.



  Shelter Services include:
  • 24-Hour Hotline
  • First Response Team
  • Early Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Food
  • Basic Necessities
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Short-Term Supportive Counseling
  • Legal Accompaniment
  • Medical Accompaniment
  • Department of Public Welfare Accompaniment
  • Financial Literacy
  • Criminal Justice Orientation and Support
  • Resource Information
  • Personal Advocacy
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Nationwide Referrals to Other Shelters
  • Volunteer Opportunities

The new shelter home for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children!

During the fiscal year 2018-2019, a total of 52 individuals including 30 adults and 22 children stayed at shelter.

2018 has been busy for PPC in that we began construction of the new emergency shelter facility.

The new shelter, located in the County Seat, doubles the previous shelters' square footage and includes ADA accommodations. Fundraising, grant writing, and community outreach has been, and is still a top priority for PPC staff and senior management withing th Agency. The new shelter, located next to the Professional Building in Franklin, is a beautiful, state of the are "smart building".



Many thanks to The Mary Kay Foundation for selecting PPC as a 2019 Domestic Violence Shelter $20,000 Grant Award Recipient!

    Donations to PPC's Shelter are a crucial part of maintaining the shelter and helping our participants to become self-sufficient. At a moment's notice, the Shelter needs to be prepared to feed, clothe and provide personal care items for families who have just fled from an unsafe situation. Please call the Shelter at 814-676-5476 for directions, to discuss current shelter needs, to volunteer, or to arrange for drop-off of items.
    In addition to our on-going financial needs, the following items also help:

New women's sports bras (all sizes)
New women's underwear (all sizes)
New white pillow cases
New white twin sheet sets
New pots and frying pans
New tableware, cups, silverware

    Please call before bringing donations to shelter. Our needs are always changing and storage is limited.
Call 814-676-5476.
The PPC Shelter offers a safe and comfortable haven for victims and their families.
All Shelter services are free and confidential.
If you would like more information about the Shelter, please call our business line:
If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please contact our hotline:




    Shelter services are provided in part through grants from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, United Way of Venango County, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.




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