Shout Out to Ursinus College Resident Advisors

Thank You Ursinus Resident Advisors for spending MLK Day serving others and making a difference!!

Pictured; like Tompkins, assistant director of residence life at Ursinus College, and his RA team, who tackled the chore of cleaning out, organizing, and refilling the pantry at The House, and for their donations of food and toiletries.  We are most grateful for their service.

Dine out for Charity – Mondays in January

Join us at Sedona Taphouse on Bridge Street in Phoenixville this month to support Phoenixville Women’s Outreach through their fantastic program – Dine out for Charity. 

Here’s the Deal: Every Monday in January, you can get the 8oz. Black Angus Flat Iron Steak with garlic whipped potatoes for only $8 (normally $17.99) or Grilled Salmon for only $10 (normally $19.99) with choice of side and topping and Sedona will donate $1 from each plate sold to support our non-profit. More details on their menu, happy hour specials, and other fantastic deals can be found on their website.  This deal is during both lunch and dinner; you must dine in and order a beverage as well.

We hope to see you there every Monday in January to eat a delicious meal while supporting Phoenixville Women’s Outreach!

dine out for charity flier 2020

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Next Step House

Please join Phoenixville Women’s Outreach for the Ribbon Cutting of our Next Step House, to be used as permanent low-income housing for women in need.  We are excited to share the expansion of our program, made possible by many donors, foundations, grants, and volunteers!   We hope you can stop by!
Ribbon Cutting of Next Step House
Phoenixville Women’s Outreach
Friday, November 15, 2019
5:30 pm
201 Starr Street
Phoenixville, PA  19460
Reception to follow

Spring Successes

We are so grateful to the many volunteers and community members who helped us raise funds and awareness to support our mission: to provide safe housing and resources to break the cycle of dependence and poverty.  Two events took place in April 2019 that showcase how amazing our community is and both are highlighted below.
12 Angry Men performed by 12 Impassioned Women
During the first weekend of April, women on stages across the country read a play about the power and impact one person’s voice can have on the judicial system. The goal was to have 1,000 play readings taking place nationwide totaling 12,000 voices speaking out to encourage their own communities to increase voter registration and turnout.
Women presented at community colleges, law schools, universities, high schools, community centers, and community theaters.  Forge Theatre, Phoenixville’s hidden gem located at 241 First Ave, took up the call and had 12 impassioned women perform Twelve Angry Men on April 6, 2019 in a play directed by Christa Wisneski and produced by Denise Wisneski.  The women put on an excellent show to a sold-out crowd!  It was a fun night of entertainment for all with a real purpose to educate and improve our community.  Phoenixville Women’s Outreach was honored to be chosen to be the benefactor of the event.
This photo is of Christa Wisneski and Denise Wisneski of Forge Theatre presenting Lara Graham of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach with a check for $1500 which was raised at the performance!  We are so grateful to the Forge Theatre for supporting our mission.  Be sure to check out awesome upcoming productions at Forge Theatre on their website. 
2nd Annual Shred Event
Also in April, Phoenixville Women’s Outreach hosted the 2nd Annual Shred Event outside the Kimberton Firehouse.  This event encouraged our neighbors to do some spring cleaning and invited everyone to bring any paper they wanted to shred in exchange for any size donation.  This event was a huge success with approximately 85 people stopping by to shred over 5,800 pounds!!  We were able to make $1,776 through donations and support of an anonymous sponsor.
We would like to thank all our volunteers who worked so hard to make this event and all our events so successful.
BINGO: October 5, 2019
We have been busy planning our biggest fundraiser of the year and we hope you can save the date now and join us on Saturday, October 5, 2019 for our BINGO for guys and gals.
In the meantime, look out for our staff and volunteers walking in the Dogwood Parade on May 18, 2019. We’ll be walking with the other local shelters and pushing beds to remind people that everyone deserves a bed and to save the date for the Phoenixville Bed Races – November 2, 2019! 

Painting for a Purpose – Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Painting for a Purpose event on February 24th. This was the second year we had this type of fundraiser and the feedback is unanimous – we will turn this into an annual event!  Although it was originally scheduled for a weekend that snow was predicted, the new date still gathered 47 people together for fun, fellowship and fundraising!

We painted a beautiful canvas with a calming message – Just Breathe.  This is useful for us all to remember during busy times and especially in the depth of winter when darkness seems never-ending.  The staff and Board members of the House provided refreshments for all as well as numerous raffle baskets.  Thank you to John and Brook at Pinot’s Palette in Collegeville for a fun time together, painting for a purpose!



Since many people asked for it, here is the Avacado Corn Salsa recipe:

2 avacados for every 1 jar of Trader Joe’s tomato-less corn salsa – enjoy!

Fun Fundraisers

More than 60 people cleaned out their desks, drawers and filing cabinets to help us raise over $1,100 at our 1st Annual Spring Cleaning Shredding Event in April at the Kimberton Fairgrounds. Special thanks to Kimberton Whole Goods and Wiggins Shredding, Inc. for making the event possible. 
Volunteers from the Phoenixville Dogwood Queen contestants, Jaycees, Soroptimist International, and Borough Mayor Peter Urscheler and Councilwoman Beth Burckley donated time to make everything run smoothly.  All proceeds enable us to continue to provide resources and services to help homeless women break the cycle of poverty.
The Guys and Dolls BINGO Fundraiser took place on October 6, 2018 and profited over $15,300 for The House. Raffles and numerous prize baskets made this a fun “date night” experience.   Mark your calendar for next year’s Bingo event on October 5, 2019 at the Kimberton Firehouse.
Our team entered its “House of Hope” bed in Phoenixville’s Bed Races on November 3.   This unique event brought in $1,100 for The House as well as 3rd place bragging rights! Special thanks to the builders and racers who helped make this possible!We hope to enter into this hometown event again next year. Let us know if you want to be a part of the fun!

Friends Helping Friends

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach and The House are excited to again be involved in the Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends program.







Shoppers who purchase this 25% off Shopping Pass from us for just $5 are supporting our program directly since all proceeds from the pass sales go to Phoenixville Women’s Outreach.  Shoppers can use the 25% coupon at any Boscov’s location on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.  The shopping pass also serves as a raffle ticket.  When shopping, just drop your ticket stub in to win.  Each Boscov’s store will pick one winner to receive a $100 shopping spree.  Additionally, 3 lucky winners will win a $500 shopping spree!

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.