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Helping Survivors Reach their Destinations

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July 14, 2015 | By WCCF

Imagine you have just fled an abusive household to begin a new life, leaving behind nearly everything you have along with it, including your means of transportation. How will you get to all the places you need to go in order to rebuild your life?

Thankfully, Domestic Violence Services of SWPA (DVSSP) offers its clients much, much more than a place to stay.


Jodie Korpus & Michelle Robinson-Ritter with the keys to DVSSP's van.

DVSSP's entire unrestricted grant from WCCF Gives 2013 was directed towards the purchase of a van. These new wheels replaced a 12-year-old vehicle that was nearing the end of its lifespan.

"The $3,806 in unrestricted donations was the real gift, as transportation is one of our core services," remarked Michelle Robinson-Ritter, Executive Director.

As they plan to move forward, clients often need rides to and from a variety of different locations such as medical appointments, legal appointments and court hearings, housing options, therapy sessions, as well as job readiness and education programs. DVSSP also uses the van to transport donated items to its shelters.

Michelle went on to say, "Whatever a woman may decide are her goals, DVSSP helps her achieve them."