Liberty House

Liberty House

Since 2003, Liberty House has proudly served as an intensive transitional housing program for homeless women and women with children in Lycoming County Liberty House is a goal-oriented housing program, designed to address the individual needs of each participant. We provide more than just housing through a series of well-defined goals and objectives, offering women an opportunity to develop and achieve personal success. Our focus is to work with families in group and one-on-one settings to help them achieve sustainability and economic empowerment. When women leave Liberty House, they not only have the skills to live independently, they also truly believe they can. Here are just a few examples of the strong women who have worked to rebuild their lives.

Elizabeth - When this single mother, pictured left with her daughter, arrived at the YWCA Liberty House she was dedicated to rebuilding her life. After triumphing over drug addiction, there were still many obstacles in Elizabeth’s path. Her Liberty House case manager made sure Elizabeth knew the power of her self-worth as she took full advantage of the education provided by the YWCA.

After one year in Liberty House, Elizabeth had the skills and self-confidence to regain custody of her pre-teen daughter, hold a stable job and secure a safe home for her family while volunteering in the community.

Jennifer - At 8-months-pregnant Jennifer and her young child became homeless to escape domestic violence. Scared and nervous for her family’s future, Jennifer came to the YWCA Wise Options program with no car, no job and no idea what to do next.

While in the safe shelter of the YWCA, Jennifer’s strong desire to make a better life for herself and her children paid off. She took full advantage of classes in budgeting, parenting and life skills while building her own self-confidence. After her second child arrived, Jennifer found full-time employment, child care, and was able to purchase a car and secure safe housing for her family

became part of the YWCA family when she moved into Liberty House last December. Prior to that, this single mother of three had experienced too many of life’s difficulties and traumas - including addiction, incarceration and the heartache of losing custody of her children as a result of her poor choices.

After about 8 months in the program, while completing Drug Court, life skills courses and volunteer work, Tish found a full-time job, providing loving care as a personal aide to an elderly woman. She has proved herself trustworthy, reliable and is now maintaining her own apartment for herself and her children.

Vickie - This vivacious single woman moved to Liberty House from the American Rescue Worker's Saving Grace emergency shelter. Her first few months in Liberty House were spent volunteering, job searching and working closely with her case manager to set her long-term goals. As of now, Vickie is enrolled in Penn College where she is majoring in Heath & Human Services and working part-time at Saving Grace Shelter - where she greets incoming clients with dignity, a smile and understanding.

These are the handprints of a 10-year-old girl who was staying in Liberty House with her mother as they built a new, strong future together.

Liberty House is a partner program of the Lycoming County United Way.