1. Tell us a bit about your business.
On May 28th we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary! We were founded in 1980 by a group of women, now known as our Founding Mothers, who saw the need for a crisis hotline for domestic abuse victims, which then turned into an emergency shelter for them and their children who were fleeing abusive homes.
- How has COVID-19 impacted the daily operations of your business?
As an organization we have definitely felt the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our daily operations. Our Community Educators have been hosting virtual trainings on safe dating and friendship fundamentals to middle schools, high schools, and colleges. The Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) advocates have been working remotely taking calls 24/7, providing safety planning, resource referrals and support to domestic abuse victims in crisis. The staff at our emergency shelter and transitional housing units continue to care for the clients living there. Due to safety concerns, we have not been able to accept new clients into our emergency shelter, but we have been assisting victims with emergency hotel lodging. Our Family Advocate is helping assist the families in the Transitional Housing units with their children’s virtual learning. We have continued to offer our counseling services using telehealth via phone/ text and video conferencing technology. Using this services allows anyone who is seeking our help to be able to connect with our counselors. Our 24-hour confidential hotline is still open and offering safety planning, support and resource referral.
- How has your business been adapting to the challenges presented by the pandemic?
We have found ways for each of our departments to maintain their services remotely or through technology. While our clients can’t see us in person the way they used to be able to, we are still available for them.
More info: Our 40th Anniversary is on May 28th. We are relaunching our website and will have it ready by that date. We will be promoting our new site on the day of and have been promoting our history in weekly eblasts leading up to the 28th. We are encouraging people to join our mailing list through our current site at www.laurel-house.org to keep up with all of the updates. We will also have a $40 for 40 years campaign on that same day as well.
Main Line Collision has been serving the Main Line area since 1977. Our 11,000 square foot facility has the capability for repairing all vehicle makes and models. We have a reputation for excellent personal service and a lifetime warranty on all workmanship. We work closely with our clients to answer all their questions and we take pride when they are satisfied with the process of repairing their vehicle to pre-loss condition. Main Line Collision has the largest auto body shop in the Main Line area and has a staff that prides itself for quality, efficiency, and service to our customers. We look forward to having the opportunity to make your car beautiful once again!
SAGA Community Center, formerly a meetup, was founded in 2017 by a group of LGBTQ+ individuals looking for connection and community. Since then, the group has blossomed into a thriving community center that serves the LGBTQ+ community in Montgomery and Bucks counties. SAGA‘s programs include support groups, activity nights, coffeehouse/open mic nights, clothing swaps, SAGA Sports, educational programs, and more! The center is also home to Montgomery County’s 1st ever LGBTQ+ library.
The COVID pandemic has prevented us from meeting in person at our Hatboro, PA location. We have moved most of our programming to ZOOM. The library is closed and the Clothing Swap and SAGA Sports are the only programs that will be canceled until further notice. We plan to host our Coffeehouse on ZOOM and live stream this event on Facebook, with a date TBD.
Meeting Password: 350350
- Activity Night – 2nd, 4th, & 5th Thursdays from 7:00pm – 9:30pm – All ages
- Trans Support Group – 1st Thursdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm – Ages 18+
- LGBTQ+ Support Group – 3rd Thursdays from 7:30pm – 8:30pm – Ages 18+
- Coffeehouse – TIME and DATE TBD – All Ages
- Census Information Session – TIME and DATE TBD – All Ages
Allebach Photography was launched in 2006, but 2014 in North Wales by owner Michael Allebach.
We were forced to shut down because of the Montgomery County lockdown. That meant, despite us operating with so few people, we were unable to continue running our photography studio. We run a VIP Facebook group that has helped us maintain a connection with our very loyal client base, so we’re very much looking forward to resuming our photography.
How has your business been adapting to the challenges presented by the pandemic?
We’ve put a lot of focus into reaching out to our clients to see how they’re holding up. It’s important for us to stay in contact with our clients, as we wouldn’t be anything without them. We’re also in the process of launching a couple new projects that help solve some problems that this current situation has caused.