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 objects, 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.


Blake - Blake made the decision to leave his unsupportive family to begin a new life for himself. He started the Liberty House program with the main goal of beginning his transition from female to male. The encouragement from YWCA staff helped him to accomplish the steps to changing his name and starting hormone treatment.

Blake's new-found confidence has helped him get promoted at work which was a huge surprise. Everything has fallen into place and he is thrilled to see what more is in store for his life.

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


Tish
 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.