For information about Safe Berks, please contact:
Francine M. Scoboria
Links to Recent Media Coverage of Safe Berks
BCTV, April 2021, “Safe Berks Judicial Candidates Forum – Primary Election 2021” Rachael Cohen Hamilton, Grant Writer at Safe Berks, serves as the host of the forum. The Primary Election will take place on May 18, 2021.
Reading Eagle, April 3, 2021, “Wind Helps Spread Pinwheels Message of Hope for Victims of Sexual Assault”
WFMZ Channel 69, April 2, 2021, “Safe Berks Recognizes Survivors of Sexual Assault”
BCTV, April 7, 2021, “Recognizing and Remembering Victims of Sexual Assault – Known and Unknown”
BCTV, March 5, 2021, “Celebration of Women’s History Month; Diversity: The Wider Vision” show by Dr. Joseph Amprey. Francine Scoboria, Communications Coordinator, represented Safe Berks on the show, which included several local women.
BCTV, March 9, 2021, Safe Berks show, “Coffee with the CEO,” featuring Safe Berks CEO Beth Garrigan.
Reading Eagle, March 10, 2021, “Safe Berks Receives Donation of Masks Sierra Leone Association of Reading”
Reading Eagle, March 21, 2021, “Theatrical Event ‘Tales from the Other Side’ to Benefit Safe Berks”
Palo Magazine, March 2021 issue, “Home is Not a Safe Place for Everyone”
Reading Eagle, Dec. 16, 2020, “Man Killed in Exeter Home,” article includes interview with Safe Berks CEO Beth Garrigan and info about Safe Berks and our free services:
Reading Eagle, Dec. 17, 2020, “Safe Berks Receives $5,000 from Bank”
BCTV website, Dec. 17, 2020, “Safe Berks Responds to Domestic Violence”
WFMX Channel 69, Dec. 18, 2020, “Safe Berks Speaks Out After 2 Apparent Domestic Violence Deaths”
Reading Eagle, Nov. 10, 2020, “Toyota Dealership Donates Winter Clothing to Safe Berks”
BCTV, Nov. 12, 2020 “Performance Toyota Delivers Warmth to Children of Safe Berks”
Berks Weekly, Nov. 19, 2020, “Lonnie Walker IV Foundation Distributes Thanksgiving Meals to Local Non-Profits,” Safe Berks included in article and Safe Berks staff in photo
NBC Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 2020, “Domestic Violence Hidden in a Pandemic,” Safe Berks contributed stats and info to this research article.
Reading Eagle front page, Oct. 4, 2020, “Pandemic impacting abuse, addiction,” Safe Berks CEO Beth Garrigan and COO Mereliss Colon Ortiz in front page photo.
United Way of Berks County website, Oct. 13, 2020, “COVID Grants at Work: Safe Berks”
BCTV, Oct. 27, 2020, “Safe Berks, DA Expand Partnership for Expanded Services to Victims”
Reading Eagle front page, Oct. 28, 2020, “Supporting Survivors Safe Berks and district attorney’s office join forces to help victims”
WFMZ Channel 69, Oct. 29, 2020, “Safe Berks, DA assemble sexual assault response team”
WFMZ Channel 69, Sept., 17, 2020, “Safe Berks Takes Nearly IK calls to Legal Dept. since March,” interview and video with Safe Berks CEO Beth Garrigan
BCTV, Sept. 22, 2020, “Safe Berks Announces New Board Officers”
BCTV, Sept. 30, 2020, “Safe Berks Silent Witness Project”
Women2Women July 2020 magazine, a publication of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA):
Reading Eagle July 10, 2020, front page photo of Peaceful Stand Against Racism, Safe Berks staff in photo, from left, Arianna Sanchez, Tara Wall, Mayra Morales, Tara Anspach, and Coach Tyrone Nesby, Muhlenberg High School basketball coach and organizer of the Peaceful Stands:
WFMZ Channel 69, July 10, 2020, Danielle Palermo, Director of Counseling, interviewed as part of story about tragic domestic violence homicide in Boyertown:
Kutztown Live, radio station of Kutztown University, June 2, 2020, interview with Safe Berks CEO Beth Garrigan by Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce:
BCTV website, June 2, 2020, Safe Berks Announces New Leaders:
BCTV website, June 3, 2020, Organizations Stand up Against Hate:
Reading Eagle newspaper, June 14, 2020, Safe Berks Director of Counseling Danielle Palermo interviewed about Lonnie Walker courageously sharing his story of surviving child sexual abuse:
WFMZ Channel 69, June 13, 2020, Safe Berks Director of Counseling Danielle Palermo interviewed about Lonnie Walker courageously sharing his story of surviving child sexual abuse:
BCTV website, June 17, 2020, Safe Berks Response to Courageous Statements by Lonnie Walker:
Reading Eagle newspaper, June 23, 2020, Safe Berks Director of Counseling Danielle Palermo interviewed about how COVID-19 increases risk of child abuse:
Reading Eagle newspaper, May 19, 2020, Safe Berks handling abuse calls during Pandemic:
Reading Eagle Newspaper, May 20, 2020, Domestic Violence tragedy in Reading, free services available at Safe Berks:
Reading Eagle newspaper, May 30, 2020, Safe Berks Promotes Two Leaders, new COO and Director of Residential Services:
NBC News, May 18, 2020, “It’s Hard to Flee Your Abuser during Coronavirus Lockdown,” Safe Berks included in survey for this national article:
WFMZ Channel 69, Spanish Edition, May 8, 2020, “Recuros para victimas de violencia domestic durante la pandemic”:
WFMZ Channel 69, May 19, 2020, “Safe Berks Reports Uptick in Domestic Violence Calls”:
BCTV website, May 11, 2020, “Emerging Leaders United Plan Special Mother’s Day Activities for Safe Berks Residents”:
BCTV website, May 21, 2020, “Safe Berks Responds to Domestic Violence Tragedy”:
Reading Eagle newspaper, April 12, 2020, how social distancing can increase danger for adults and children who live with abusers, and how Safe Berks can help:
Reading Eagle newspaper, April 23, 2020, Announcement of New CEO Beth Garrigan:
WFMZ-News Channel 69, April 22, 2020, Announcement of New CEO Beth Garrigan:
Boyertown Times newspaper, April 23, 2020, Announcement of New CEO Beth Garrigan:
News of Southern Berks newspaper, April 21, 2020, Safe Berks responds to Domestic Violence Tragedy:
Berks County Living magazine April 2020 issue, Photos from Celebration of Peace:
Berks County Living magazine website, April 21, 2020, How People Can Help Non-Profits During COVID-19:
BCTV website, April 6, 2020, Safe Berks Maintains 24/7 Services Despite Health Threat:
BCTV website, April 22, 2020, Safe Berks Responds to DV tragedy:
BCTV website, April 23, 2020, Safe Berks Announces New CEO Beth Garrigan:
Pottstown Mercury newspaper, April 21, 2020, Safe Berks Responds to Domestic Violence Tragedy:
Pottstown Mercury newspaper, April 22, 2020, Safe Berks Announces New CEO Beth Garrigan:
Reading Eagle newspaper, March 23, 2020, Coronavirus causes changes at Safe Berks:
Pottstown Mercury newspaper, March 23, 2020, Coronavirus causes changes at Safe Berks:
Channel 69 WFMZ, March 27, 2020, Interview with Safe Berks COO Beth Garrigan:
Berks County Living magazine website, March 18, 2020, Services available during Pandemic:
News of Southern Berks newspaper, March 23, 2020, Coronavirus causes changes at Safe Berks:
Videos & Podcasts
Check out these videos and podcasts about Safe Berks created through The People Chronicles.
Temporary Changes to Safe Berks Policies – Updated July 13, 2020
To protect the public health from the risk of COVID-19, as well as the health of Safe Berks residents and staff, we have enacted several changes. These changes are temporary; we hope to return to previous practices in the 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.
To Request Services from Safe Berks:
Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault who are seeking crisis services, including requests for shelter or medical advocacy, please call:
Safe Berks 24-hour hotline: 844-789-SAFE (7233)
or text SAFE BERKS to 20121. Anyone in immediate danger should call 911.
For Legal Services, please call 610-373-1206, ext. 107.
For Counseling, please call 610-373-1206, ext. 606.
Donations & Volunteers:
At this time, Safe Berks is not accepting donations of used goods.
Safe Berks is seeking specific new items. The Wish List is posted on our website at: www.SafeBerks.org/donate/donate-goods/
To donate new items, please contact Mindy McIntosh, Director of Development, at 610-468-9637 or MindyM@SafeBerks.org to make arrangements.
Entry to our building is limited to residents and staff. Volunteers are asked not to visit at this time. If volunteers have any questions, please contact Mindy McIntosh.
Thank you for your understanding. We will keep you updated through social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter), and this website.
Thank you and be safe!