Leader: Angel Helm, Interim CEO
Location: Reading, PA
Business: Social Services Organization
Purpose of Loan: Building Construction
Impact: Economic Security
Safe Berks faced a crisis of its own in 2010 – the agency’s aging building no longer had enough space to shelter the number of women and children fleeing abusive, life-threatening situations. While staff worked diligently to find safe arrangements for everyone, the board focused on a plan to build a new, larger facility and they approached Community First Fund for assistance with financing.
Once constructed, Safe Berks’ new four-floor facility replaced long-vacant buildings, revitalized a neighborhood, and most importantly, doubled the agency’s physical capacity to provide an immediate safe haven for anyone seeking refuge from domestic violence and sexual assault.
Founded more than 45 years ago, Safe Berks offers a comprehensive scope of services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. On average, the agency serves 3,000 clients, provides 6,000 hours of counseling and shelters 650 at-risk women and children in Berks County annually. We are proud to support an organization that stands as an invaluable source of healing and hope for those who need it most.