Visiting Laurel House in Philly!

I recently had the opportunity to visit several of our partner shelters and share some media coverage with the hard working individuals at each organization.  My first stop was in Philadelphia where we met with the awesome leadership team of Laurel House, a domestic violence shelter.  Christina and Cheryl gave me a tour of the amazing shelter, for safety reasons I didn't take any pictures but words can't do Laurel House justice!  From the leadership team to the volunteers working the 24 hr. hotline, thank you for the amazing work you are doing in your community.

Me, Christina Siglin of Laurel House and Renee Chenault-Fattah on NBC 10 in Philadelphia.  

Me, Christina Siglin of Laurel House and Renee Chenault-Fattah on NBC 10 in Philadelphia.  

While in Philadelphia Christina and I were interviewed by the lovely and talented Renee Chenault-Fattah of NBC 10.  Didn't Christina do great!

After the interview I braved the crazy Philly traffic to get downtown and have an original Philly Cheesesteak, whiz and all.  It was amazing.  

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Philly Cheesesteak from Jim's Steaks.

Philly Cheesesteak from Jim's Steaks.

I had limited time so it was either the Liberty Bell or the Rocky Statue... I can feel my history teacher cringe but I really wanted to see how Rocky looked in a pair of Too Hipsters!  

 

One of the things Christina and I spoke about were partnerships.  She told me how Laurel House has partnerships with several local hotels so that if a woman comes to the shelter for help and the shelter is at capacity, they can get her a free room for 24-48 hours, giving them time to find her a more permanent location.  What a great partnership, it is great that some Philly area hotels do this, I hope all would if called.  Christina, full of knowledge and such a great person, also told me about a program Panera has.  Apparently the restaurant chain donates their extra food every night to nonprofits, instead of throwing it away.  Both are great programs and both companies should be applauded for their actions.  Both partnerships could probably be formed in many communities.