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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:
  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Basic Necessities
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Legal Accompaniment
  • Medical Accompaniment
  • Department of Public Welfare Accompaniment
  • Emergency Transportation
  • Resource Information
  • Personal Advocacy
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Nationwide Referrals to Other Shelters
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Shelter Hand Print Wall

I never want my words or my actions to hurt another living creature.

There is no longer a name accompanying the oldest hand print placed on the Shelter's Hand Print Wall. That print is dated September 30, 1999. There are now more than 184 smudged or dribbled, precisely defined or deliberately-placed, prints that represent children who have had violence touch their lives.

Once the child, if old enough, comprehends the oath and says it with their best intention, he or she may place their hand print on the wall.

After numerous attempts to permanently place children's hand prints on the wall, it was determined that regular household enamel paint worked best. The enamel paint offers two-fold results. First it won't wash off the wall and second, it won't easily wash off the child's hand. The theory is that the longer the paint stays on the child's hand, the longer the oath stays on the child's mind.

    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. Donations may be dropped off at the Shelter on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 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:

Used cellular telephones
Basic hygiene and toiletry items, i.e., soap, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, hair brushes, shampoo
Paper products, i.e., diapers, toilet paper, wipes, napkins
Non-perishable food items
Boxed food items, canned food, macaroni, drink boxes
Basic cleaning products, i.e., paper towels, dish soap, floor cleaner, window spray, disinfectant, dish towels, comet, laundry detergent
Used furniture in good condition
Linens for twin beds, towels, wash cloths, new pillows
Small appliances, i.e., can openers, coffeemakers, toasters
Pots, pans, cooking dishes
Tableware, silverware

    Clothing needs vary, and our shelter is not equipped for long-term storage, If you have a clothing donations, please contact us on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at 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:
Or of 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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