United Way drive builds donations

LEWISTOWN -The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata has reached 10 percent, or $60,000 of its goal of $600,000 during the campaign that began on Sept. 18 and runs until March 15, 2014.

The Abuse Network is one of the agencies that benefits from working with the United Way. Learn how partnering with the United Way has served The Abuse Network:

“Safety is a familiar concept to us all as something we associate with the idea of home, along with things like shelter, food and clothing. But when that home undergoes a shift from peaceful and secure to violent and frightening, local residents are welcomed into the Abuse Network’s emergency domestic violence shelter, Hollister House. The Abuse Network is a United Way partner agency that delivers this indispensable refuge.

“The Abuse Network serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes with counseling, legal and medical advocacy, accompaniment when needed and emergency shelter. The Abuse Network also gives victims who come to the shelter the basic necessities of food, clothing and safety. Such provisions go a long way in offering peace of mind to those facing difficult and uncertain situations.

“An anonymous client spoke highly of their time at Hollister House, saying ‘(It) gave me the confidence to say no when needed. I knew I was safe and it gave me a chance to think about what I needed to do.’

“The value of this organization cannot be undervalued. Last year, The Abuse Network provided 2,297 days of shelter for victims of Mifflin and Juniata counties. The need for funding to deliver these services is imperative.

“As The Abuse Network approaches its 30th anniversary, the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata continues to partner with this vital resource for the sake of our community’s overall well-being.

“As Crystal Paige, The Abuse Network’s executive director said, the importance of this work is simple-‘We offer our clients options that can lead to healing and give victims a voice.’

“Giving to this year’s United Way campaign will aide in making sure those voices are heard.”