Donations go a long way to bring smiles to women at PWO

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach works entirely off of community support. From individual donations of toiletries and groceries, to businesses providing items off the wish list, to community foundations providing grants for larger home improvements – we are always grateful for the support from Phoenixville and beyond. We quite literally couldn’t serve our community without that support!

The items we ask for impact the women in our program in small and big ways. The tower fans we just received will make a big difference for the women’s daily life at The House – thank you, Abby Lucas! And the big screen TV for the Next Step House donated by Jim DiGuiseppe and his team from the Blues Festival in town certainly brought big smiles – thanks, again, Jim!

These donations go a long way to helping the women be able to relax, rest, and heal as they process what led them to experiencing homelessness. It is that healing space that really allows the women to recover and build strength and skills to break the cycle of poverty and dependence. So when someone understands that and donates thoughtful items to the women themselves, not just the house, it really melts our heart because we see the sincere gratitude on the women’s faces.

Donated boxes from the team at Temenos through the Shoebox Project

Recently, Temenos, a local software company, donated beautiful boxes for the women of The House.  Each box was FILLED with very nice personal self-care items that brought smiles to the women’s faces and made them feel special. Greg Morton and his team were so helpful and a pleasure to work with as they collected the items and delivered this donation (pictured above). This donation is a part of the ShoeBox Project which has locations in cities across the country. Thank you, Greg and your team at Temenos!

“A Shoebox gift is a powerful reminder for a woman that she has not been forgotten and that she remains a valued and respected member of her community” – Shoebox Project

If you are in a position to donate and give at this time, the biggest need we have right now is general funds. Due to Covid-19 shutting down our last 3 planned fundraisers, we are down from where we hoped to be at this point in the year to cover overall costs like our mortgage, utilities, and payroll. Given the economic impacts from the shutdowns, the need for our services is on the rise and our typical donors are declining.

We are hosting an upcoming Art Auction and we hope this will help secure most of what we need to maintain in good standing through the remainder of 2020. If you are an artist or know of one, we are accepted donated artwork as well as consigned pieces in order to also help our local artists! Check it out under Upcoming Events. Thank you!