Phoenixville Community Health Foundation grants us help with the mortgage of our Next Step House.

We are excited to announce that we have recently received a grant from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.  With this funding, we are able to make great strides in paying off the mortgage for our Next Step House!  This, of course, is just one of the many times PCHF has supported us throughout our 6 year history.

In 2018, after 3 years of working with women experiencing homelessness, it had become clear that the choices of affordable housing were limited or non-existent.  After making steps towards self-sufficiency our participants were having a hard time finding a feasible ‘next step.’ With enormous support from the community, including PCHF, Phoenixville Women’s Outreach took on the challenge to create a new program at a second site.

Our Next Step House offers a shared living arrangement for women who are ready to be independent.  The home offers a space for self-sufficiency with an affordable rent.  We have partnered with the Housing Authority of Chester County who offers subsidies to eligible residents. The Next Step House has proved to be a safe, comfortable home in the community where the women have established jobs, health networks, spiritual communities and social bonds.

PCHF proves that they are committed to the health of our community. The Foundation works to improve the health and quality of life for people in the greater Phoenixville region by increasing access to quality healthcare services and promoting healthy communities through grantmaking and collaboration with health, civic, business and community partners.

We are all better as individuals and as a whole because of Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach is chosen by 100 Women of Phoenixville.

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach is proud to announce that they have been chosen as the recipient charity by 100 Women of Phoenixville at the Spring meeting.

100 Women is a collaboration of inspired, dynamic and caring women who know that life is full and time is short.  They gather twice a year for one hour, donating $100 each time, to one of three presenting charities. Together they make a meaningful, direct and positive impact on the Phoenixville community through the power of collective giving.

This vote of confidence and the support is motivating. We would like to sincerely thank all the members of 100 Women of Phoenixville for their contributions. From our start, we have received tremendous support and this honor emphasizes our community’s intention to meet the needs of our neighbors who are struggling in hard times.

In addition, we are grateful that our friends at 100 Women hooked us up with the Richard Schulze Family Foundation who has matched $5,000 of the organization’s giving. 

Tupperware Fundraiser March 8 – 15

A full 25% of every purchase goes directly to Phoenixville Women’s Outreach.

SHOP! Click on the catalogs to VIEW PRODUCTS:

•  Spring/Summer Catalog


  1. Order online here.
  2. Join the Facebook Party . Send a request to be included in the FB Group.


1.  Send a FB personal message to Liz Tedeschi Carrabine. List the name of the items and the item numbers to get us started.

2.  E-Mail Liz Carrabine at  List the name of the items and the item numbers to get us started.


  • Credit Card – Visa, MasterCard and Discover
  • Venmo (through Liz only, not available online)

All items will be direct shipped to buyer’s home.


February 2021

To our Friends and Supporters,

The Board of Directors of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach (PWO) announces the retirement of Executive Director Cheryl Messere.  Cheryl’s passion, innovation and deep commitment over the last six years has elevated PWO as a leader in providing safe and affordable housing solutions in the community. “We have the deepest gratitude for Cheryl who has served so generously,” said Mike Bryson, President of the PWO Board. “While she is retiring as Executive Director, Cheryl will remain on the Board as the founder. Her giving spirit has been as inspiring as her vision for this mission.”  

While Phoenixville had a family and a men’s homeless shelter, it did not have a housing option for single women.  It became Cheryl and Barry’s dream to create a housing solution that would offer a transitional program with a unique shared living model.    The dream soon became a reality and “The House” opened its door and welcomed its first resident on New Year’s Day in 2015.  PWO’s program now provides women with safe housing as well as training and guidance in essential life skills such as economic planning, resilience, and self-sufficiency.  It recently expanded to include a second property – the Next Step House – a permanent supportive housing solution for women with limited incomes.

Messere’s retirement now ushers in a new chapter for PWO.  We are pleased to announce the selection of Andrea Blue as PWO’s new Executive Director, effective March 1st. She comes to Phoenixville from upstate New York. “Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and so proud and happy to live and work in the area,” she says.  

This is an exciting time for PWO and we are grateful for your continued support during this transition.   We look forward to our upcoming Gala event on October 21 when our Board and Staff will honor Cheryl and Barry’s legacy of service, celebrate Cheryl’s retirement, and recognize the accomplishments of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach over the past six years.


The Board and Staff of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach

A Night of Empowerment- Volunteer Appreciation Event

On Thursday, May 10th, Phoenixville Women’s Outreach welcomed current and future volunteers to the Kimberton Conference Center for a celebration of the volunteers who give their time to support The House. The volunteer appreciation event included a presentation by keynote speaker Lizette Epps, founder of Breadth of Hope which offers speaking, writing, and consulting services geared towards engaging the community and improving lives.

Lizette’s passion for community involvement and women’s and children’s initiatives is clear. “In addition to chairing the Latina Initiatives Committee and serving as a member of the Women2Women Council, she mentors women in the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program as well as in the community at large.”

She learned about The House at the YWCA Tribute to Exceptional Women where Cheryl Messere, Executive Director of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach was also in attendance. “When Cheryl told me about what she and the staff at Phoenixville Women’s Outreach were doing for women in Phoenixville, I immediately wanted to know more,” said Liz. “Women helping other women and equipping them to be strong and productive in their lives is important to me.” She shares:

My passion for women’s initiatives has grown since I was a young girl. The hardships I experienced throughout my life opened my eyes to the fact that other women were experiencing similar, if not, worse issues. I know first-hand that it’s hard to find your confidence when you run into tough times and it feels like the world is against you. For me, it’s important to help other women find their confidence, happiness, and  attain the success that they are after to fulfill their lives. There are no limits to the things women can achieve when we work together to help one another.

Lizette’s story is truly empowering and her skilled delivery left everyone in attendance full of hope that any challenge can be overcome by strength, perseverance, and support of volunteers dedicated to helping those in need. “I have been on both ends of the volunteer spectrum, as someone who has needed the help of volunteers to get through difficult times in my life and now many years later being in a position where I can give of myself to help others.”

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach and The House rely on the support of volunteers as they work to help homeless and low-income women break the cycle of poverty and dependence and move towards self-sufficiency, independence, and success.

“Getting involved is essential to strengthening the fabric of our society,” says Liz. “For those who may be on the fence about getting involved, it’s important to realize that we all have the power to make a positive impact in the life of another person.”

Opportunities for involvement are always available. Whether you’re interested in working directly with residents of The House or with staff as they aim to help even more women, your support makes a difference.

Volunteer Appreciation Event – May 10, 2018

Join us for an evening of fun, friends, and refreshments. We’ll have an inspirational guest speaker and look forward to sharing exciting updates as Phoenixville Women’s Outreach begins to grow.

When: May 10th from 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kimberton Conference Center located at 2218 Kimberton Rd, Kimberton, PA 19442
Guest Speaker:
Lizette Epps
Topic: Making Your Own Way:

What do you do when the people who are supposed to love you the most, love you the least and you are left to start your life at 17 years old with a garbage bag full of clothes and $20 in your pocket? You make your own way.

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Spring Cleaning with The House – April 21, 2018


Celebrate the end of tax season and join us for coffee, donuts, and the secure shredding of your private documents! On April 21 from 9 am to 12pm, bring as much material as you have and enjoy peace of mind as the professionals at Wiggin’s Shredding carefully handle your documents.

For a donation, the shredding will be performed in a Wiggin’s Shredding customized mobile shredding truck. The process involves taking the sensitive documents and putting them into bins; the truck then lifts them up and dumps them into the shredder to be destroyed.

You’re able to watch the shredding process via video. The documents will be shredded by a pierce and tear method. All material will come out of the shredder in pieces no larger than a fingernail. This is the most secure method. Once everything has been destroyed, you will be issued a certificate of destruction for your records. Everything will then be properly recycled. The length of the entire process varies depending on how much material you have.

Thanks to our sponsors Kimberton Whole Foods and Wiggin’s Shredding for supporting our cause and making this event possible.