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Arise is the only comprehensive victim service agency in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Arise provides free trauma-informed, outcome-based services to anyone who has been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crime. These services include counseling, court advocacy and accompaniment, medical advocacy and accompaniment, 24-hour confidential hotline counseling, emergency shelter, and other housing services. Our organization provides age-appropriate prevention education and awareness programming within the local school districts as well as community outreach and engagement, and professional training. Our mission statement says it all: Arise empowers and advocates for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. We inspire and educate citizens to create safer communities and break the cycle of violence.

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Arise provides the following services to all victims of violence utilizing trauma-informed care techniques and outcome-based programs and curriculums.

Advocacy: Legal advocacy include assisting victims with care during interviews with police, preparing statements, helping to explain courtroom procedures, etc.

Medical Advocacy includes assisting victims during hospital and doctor visits, and during the collection of rape kits for prosecution.

Victims receive help writing their impact statements, preparing safety plans, and providing education to family and friends.

We provide trainings throughout the county at schools, colleges, workplaces, churches, etc.

Therapies: Licensed therapists and Master-level counselors utilizing outcome based therapies are provided free of cost to both adults and children.

Residential Services are provided in three ways. Mass Shelter is provided on an emergency bases to anyone needing safety from violence. Transitional Housing consists of 4 fully furnished apartments on site and provide stays up to 1 year in length.

Finally, rapid re-housing permits our organization to help pay rent costs for up to 22 units at a time for no more than 1 year.

  Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help  

Our agency, considered a first response organization for victims of violence, remained open and completely operational during the entire Covid-19 pandemic. Because stressful times are most often a cause for a spike in domestic violence and other interpersonal violence incidents, Arise worked hard to make sure all of our services were offered to those who were in need by increasing our capacity to offer tele-health, online access to prevention programs, trainings and other resources, and more mobilized counseling and advocacy services for those who were not able to reach us in more traditional ways.

Since the on-set on the pandemic, we have faced a 18% increase in the demand for our services. Our ability to continue to grow and meet the uptick in request for services has been challenged by the fact that our most prosperous fundraising events have been cancelled in recent years due to pandemic-related challenges.

While we have recently started planning for future fundraising events, our organization has lost over $100,000. These funds are critical to the survival of our non-profit organization and directly fund critical and life-saving programming for those impacted by violence in our community.

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