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Seeking Safety

The YWCA Northcentral PA’s Wise Options program offers all people an opportunity for new beginnings. One of the most difficult challenges of an abusive relationship can be leaving one.

Wise Options is a program that helps victims remove themselves from an abusive situation and find shelter and solace.

Domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes are about power and control. Sometimes the most powerful tool against abuse is literally removing yourself from the situation.


Wise Options offers men, women and their children a safe, private and undisclosed place to call home. During that time, we offer intensive counseling services, courses that encourage independent living and a caring, understanding environment.


Wise Options is named because our focus is the safety and respect for victims of abuse. We educate on the choices and options each individual has, respecting their personal struggle while cultivating growth and healing.


If you are in a state of crisis, need or are contemplating emergency shelter, please call our 24 hour a day, 7 days a week crisis hotline:
(570) 323-8167 or 1-800-326-8483
While on a summer road trip north, Heidi's boyfriend abandoned her and her 12 year-old son Patrick in Williamsport while they stopped at a gas station for a bathroom break. They called the Wise Options hotline where they stayed in the emergency shelter. Heidi and Patrick worked with advocates to help rebuild their lives and get their feet back on the ground.
Heidi's Story