3/18/2020: Temporary changes to Safe Berks Education Services:
Any public events involving the Safe Berks Education and Outreach Department are postponed at this time. Our Education staff will reach out to all current community partners. For questions specific to Education, email Lisa Tumbleson, Director of Education & Outreach, at LisaT@SafeBerks.org.
3/18/2020: Safe Berks Health Precautions
The Safe Berks Board of Directors, our Interim CEO Angel Helm, and our Chief Operating Officer Beth Garrigan are closely monitoring new updates concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our highest priority is to safeguard the health and safety of our residents, clients and staff.
In order to protect the public health, as well as the health of the Safe Berks family, we have enacted several changes. These changes are temporary; we hope to return to previous practices in the near future. We are very grateful to the community for your support of Safe Berks as volunteers, donors and advocates, and we ask for your continued support during these challenging times.
Temporary changes to Safe Berks Practices:
For victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are seeking our free crisis services, we ask you to call our 24-hour hotline at 844-789-SAFE (7233) or text SAFE BERKS to 20121. Crisis services, including requests for shelter or medical advocacy, will flow through the hotline and text line. We will continue to provide free, confidential services to local survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours each day. Anyone in immediate danger should call 911.
For Legal questions and concerns, please call 610-373-1206, ext. 107, and leave a message. Messages will be checked frequently by our legal advocates, who will call clients back.
All Counseling Support Groups are postponed at this time, but free individual counseling is still available. For requests for Counseling, or questions specific to Counseling, call Danielle Palermo, Director of Counseling, at 610-373-1206, ext 606.
Safe Berks staff will continue to work closely with Tower Health/Reading Hospital, Penn State Health St. Joseph, and Berks Community Health Center to provide medical advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For questions about medical advocacy, please contact Beth Garrigan, Chief Operating Officer, at BethG@SafeBerks.org.
Thank you for your understanding. This is a fluid situation and changes will be made as needed. Any other questions, email Interim CEO Angel Helm at AngelH@SafeBerks.org. We will keep you updated through this website, traditional media, social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter), and other communication channels. Thank you and be safe!
Education & Community Outreach
Safe Berks provides education and awareness programs to the Berks County community. The goal of these programs is to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as to make the community aware of the services Safe Berks offers. Specific programs are available to Schools and Community Groups.
Safe Berks staff are available to speak to your organization. For more information about available programs or requests for speakers, please contact Lisa Tumbleson, Director of Education & Outreach, at 610-370-7811 or email LisaT@SafeBerks.org
Camp Safe Berks – A Teen Alliance to End Violence
Camp Safe Berks is a free week-long summer day camp which brings together Berks County youth and adults to form alliances of support that promote peace and justice in our schools and communities.
Camp Safe Berks
WHEN: July 20-24, 2020
WHO: Berks County youth, ages 13-17
WHERE: Immanuel UCC, Shillington, PA
After you complete your application you can:
- email it to Lisa Tumbleson at LisaT@SafeBerks.org
- mail it to: Safe Berks, 255 Chestnut St., Reading, PA 19602 Attn: Lisa Tumbleson
- or deliver it to Safe Berks!
Camp Safe Berks begins the process of developing youth as leaders in oppression-work and is built on the principle that violence is anything that hinders, limits, or damages us as human beings, including not only direct hurt but the long-term internalized effects of that hurt.
Throughout the week we will focus on several Oppressions including Adultism, Racism, Sexism, Heterosexism, and Classism. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role Oppression plays in being a “root cause” of violence in our society. Participants will engage in honest discussions and group activities that will build over the week. These activities are designed to further cultivate their ability to build empathy and acceptance of differences in others.
In addition, participants will learn and develop the skills to see, understand, address social injustice, and build strategies to be promoters of peace and justice in their schools and communities. Camp Safe Berks is designed to ignite a passion within youth participants to not only spur their own personal growth, development and improved well-being, but also to become champions for social justice change throughout their community.
If you are interested in the Camp Safe Berks program, please contact Lisa Tumbleson, Director of Education & Outreach, at 610-370-7811 or email LisaT@SafeBerks.org