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PCADV to take over domestic violence services for Adams county through end of September

June 28, 2019

Survivors Inc., located in Gettysburg, Adams County has become financially insolvent. On June 12, the interim Executive Director, who has since resigned, notified The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) that they could not meet the payroll obligations for work already completed. PCADV is grateful to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for providing the funds necessary to compensate Survivors Inc.’s staff through June 28, 2019. PCADV was informed by Survivors Inc.’s independent Board of Directors that it has decided to close Survivors Inc. as of June 28, 2019.

Survivors Inc. has been PCADV’s subrecipient for domestic violence services in Adams County since 1985. PCADV is the state contractor for domestic violence services, and with state and federal pass- through dollars, partially funds, as subrecipients, 59 non-profit domestic violence programs across the Commonwealth. Each of these programs is independently operated with its own independent board of directors providing fiduciary and governance oversight of its operations. Subrecipients are contractually required to adhere to PCADV’s standards for the delivery of domestic violence services and to report on only the funds disbursed to them by PCADV. The programs are monitored by PCADV for compliance in these areas. These funds represent only a portion of a local program’s overall funding portfolio.

PCADV is stepping in to take over services for Survivor’s Inc. through September 30, 2019. It will bring onto payroll, as temporary employees, three existing shelter staff and four staff from the Claudia McCarthy Legal Center. Staff will continue to provide arrangements for emergency housing, emergency hotline, legal services including assistance in filing for Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders, and supportive services. All Survivors Inc. staff will operate out of the Claudia McCarthy Legal Center located at 18 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg.

During the three-month interim service period, PCADV will release Request for Proposals for a long- term provider of domestic violence services in Adams County to assume services effective October 1, 2019 or sooner. This plan will ensure continuous services are available to residents of Adams County who are experiencing domestic violence.

Individuals who need to file for a PFA in Adams County can do so during the Legal Center’s normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. Individuals who are experiencing domestic violence and need help in Adams County can call 717-420-2135 or toll-free 888-547-2405 or can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or Individuals experiencing an emergency should call 911.