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Berks Women in Crisis readies new facility for May opening

By Kimberly Davidow, Reporter
Published On: Apr 11 2012 05:32:54 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 12 2012 07:12:16 AM CDT

Thanks to the community, a local group that helps women in crisis will soon be able to help even more people.

READING, Pa. -

Thanks to the community, a local group that helps women in crisis will soon be able to help even more people.

A non-profit in Reading dedicated to helping victims of domestic and sexual violence for more than 35 years will soon be moving.

Berks Women in Crisis currently has two locations where victims can go for help and guidance. Come early May, all their services and housing accommodations will now be located at 255 Chestnut Street.

"People can access counseling services, legal services, emergency housing, safe house, referrals and other services, all in one place," said Mary Kay Bernosky, executive director of Berks Women in Crisis.

Bernosky said there will be 50 beds in their safe house and housing accommodations for up to six families. Also, all of the administration offices will be located at the new facility.

"Having this facility that is safe, that's accessible, that's able to accommodate all who need our services is really important," said Bernosky.

Through fundraising efforts gathered by its 2010 capital campaign, Berks Women in Crisis raised more than $3 million for the building.

The organization also received state grant money.

Furniture in the facility was donated by Ethosource, a local company that recycles pre-owned furniture across the country.

"We feel they deserve a decent environment to be able to work in. The building is beautiful and we wanted to provide furniture, so it goes with the green aspects of this building," said John Gallen, owner of Ethosource.

While Berks Women in Crisis will soon call the building its new home, some things won't change. All of its services will remain free and confidential.