October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The non-profit, Centre County Women’s Resource Center has offered help to sexual violence survivors for more than 40 years.
The Centre County Women’s Resource Center is now called “Centre Safe”.
Employees at the non-profit say this gives a more accurate description of how they can help.
The Centre County Women’s Resource Center was started by women for women in 1975. Over the years the organization broadened their services to men, children and seniors.
So, the name is changing, but their services aren’t.
“The idea was really to better reflect our inclusive mission and the services that we do and have been offering to anyone and everyone in Centre County,” Sarah McPherson, Director of Outreach and Education for Centre Safe said.
Jordan Gibby, Counsel Advocate, for Centre Safe, says men are pleasantly surprised to hear about those services that are offered.
“Society teaches men that we are to be tough, to man up, to figure out how to do things on our own and not ask for help and so because of those messages we get men often times feel very alone in their experiences of victimization, which is why the services we provide can be so powerful,” Gibby said.
Throughout October the non-profit is updating their website and replacing brochures with the old name at hospitals and therapists’ offices.
“Come, you know the first of November, all the signs are switched, our email addresses are updated, the website is up and running,” McPherson said.
Centre Safe will have their renaming celebration Sunday, October 7th from 3-5PM at the Foxdale Village Auditorium.