PPC Violence Free Network runs the only shelter for individuals who have been impacted by domestic and sexual violence in Venango County.

Emergency shelter is available to any individual affected by violence. Shelter residents are provided with food and basic necessities. In addition, case management services including assistance with housing, information and referral, and advocacy are available.

The shelter is a safe haven that provides a supportive environment so that individuals can identify their options and access PPC services and other community resources. Shelter affords victims of abuse the time and safe atmosphere to allow for setting goals and making decisions. The abuse may be physical, sexual, psychological or emotional.

The new shelter – is a home for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children!

2019 was an incredible year for PPC in that we completed construction of the new emergency shelter facility.

The new shelter doubles the previous shelters’ square footage and includes ADA accommodations. The new shelter, located next to the Professional Building in Franklin, is a beautiful, state of the art “smart building”.

Many thanks to The Mary Kay Foundation for selecting PPC as a 2019 Domestic Violence Shelter $20,000 Grant Award Recipient!

Shelter Services include:

  • 24-Hour Hotline
  • First Response Team
  • Early Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Food
  • Basic Necessities
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Short-Term Supportive Counseling
  • Legal Accompaniment
  • Medical Accompaniment
  • Department of Public Welfare Accompaniment
  • Financial Literacy
  • Criminal Justice Orientation and Support
  • Resource Information
  • Personal Advocacy
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Nationwide Referrals to Other Shelters
  • Volunteer Opportunities


Donations to PPC’s Shelter are a crucial part of maintaining the shelter and helping our participants to become self-sufficient. At a moment’s notice, shelter staff needs to be prepared to feed, clothe and provide personal care items for families who have just fled from an unsafe situation. Please call the shelter at 814-676-5476 prior to taking items for drop off, for directions, to discuss current shelter needs, to volunteer, or to arrange for drop-off of items.

The shelter will accept the following items but please always call first to see what the most current/urgent needs are:

  • Standard pillows
  • White bath towels
  • White wash cloths
  • White twin bed sheets
  • White pillow cases
  • Dish towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Boxed tissues
  • Cleaning rags
  • Sponges
  • Air freshener (light scents)
  • Paper towels
  • Kitchen garbage bags
  • Windex
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Bleach
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Swiffer dusters and refills
  • Razors (men and women)
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant (men and women)
  • Shave gel
  • Full sized shampoo
  • Full sized conditioner
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Laundry baskets (large stand up/wheels)
  • Small plastic baskets (for toiletries) or shower caddies with handles

For more information on shelter services, please call PPC at 814-676-5476.