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Statement Regarding Survivors Inc. of Adams County

June 20, 2019

Survivors Inc., located in Gettysburg, has been providing a lifeline to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Adams county for more than 30 years. It is PCADV’s subrecipient for domestic violence services in Adams County. 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.

Survivors Inc. of Adams County has become financially insolvent. PCADV was informed by Survivors Inc.’s independent Board of Directors that it has decided to close Survivors Inc. as of June 28, 2019.

PCADV is not a direct service provider and itself cannot assume provision of services. However, PCADV leadership continues to work with its funders, community partners in Adams County, and domestic violence programs in surrounding counties to triage services for survivors currently in shelter at Survivors Inc. until alternate plans for services can be solidified and shared publicly. PCADV is actively transferring survivors currently in shelter to other locations so they can remain safe and can continue to receive services. PCADV also has trained staff on site at Survivors Inc. to ensure the safety of survivors during this unfortunate situation.

The Claudia McCarthy Legal Center located in Gettysburg will be funded by PCADV to remain in operation through September 30, 2019. It will continue to operate from its current location. Legal Center staff are available to assist with consultations and referrals, but are not taking on new cases. Individuals residing in Adams County who need to file for Protection from Abuse (PFA) can do so through the Legal Center during its normal business hours (9 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday).

For individuals residing in Adams County who are experiencing domestic violence, help is available. Those needing assistance can seek help by contacting the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or by contacting any of PCADV’s local domestic violence programs in the Commonwealth. In an emergency, please dial 911.

This statement will be updated as alternate domestic violence services are secured. Last updated 6/25/19 @ 1:50 PM.