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Nonprofit of the Month: Family Services Incorporated

Years in existence: Family Services has served the community since 1928, and was incorporated in 1958.

Total number of employees: 135 and growing

Type of nonprofit: Private 501(c)(3)

Populations served: Homeless men, women and children; victims of violent crimes and other trauma; and people with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, we assist people in need of emergency assistance who may not meet the income requirements for other programs.

Areas of focus: Housing, counseling, advocacy

Address: 2022 Broad Ave., Altoona, PA 16601

Phone: Executive Director Lisa Hann can be reached at 944-3593.

Website: www.familyservicesinc.net

What services or programs does your nonprofit provide?

We provide a 16-bed homeless shelter for men, women and children; a Teen Center and shelter for youth ages 12-17; an array of services for victims of violent crimes including sexual assault and domestic violence; a Child Advocacy Center for child victims of abuse; and residential and home and community services for people with intellectual disabilities

Upcoming event:

Dec. 4, in front of the Lightner Radio Campus at Sixth Street and Union Avenue: Drive By Day of Giving

Additional information:

Last year, 2,700 people were turned away from our shelter due to a lack of space. We are currently engaged in a campaign to raise funds for renovation of a building that we purchased at 2300 N. Branch Ave. in Altoona. This will be our new 35-bed shelter. Community donations and support for this effort are essential. Donations can be mailed to our office (note FSCC) or online.

Through cooperation with the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, the Mirror will feature a nonprofit corporation on the last Sunday of each month.

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