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Story from Abington Patch

Drunk Driving Fatality

According to Patch, an Abington man will be arraigned on charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence (DUI).

On Wednesday April 25, 2012, a 29-year old man of Penn Avenue, Glenside, waived his preliminary hearing before a district justice in connection with the death of Sharon Ann Minnick on Easton Road. The drunk driving crash occurred on January 27, 2012. The perpetrator will be arraigned in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in June. Police Detective Robert Turner conducted an investigation and found that he was traveling not less 59 miles per hour in his 1994 Lincoln Town Car.

Police Tape


The impact was near the intersection of Easton and Jefferson Avenue in Horsham. Alcohol and drugs were cited as causes of the operator wreckless behavior. According to Maurice Mattila, alcohol first affects the most vital components of the brain and “when the brain cortex is released from its functions of integrating and control, processes related to judgment and behavior occur in a disorganized fashion and the proper operation of behavioral tasks becomes disrupted.”


Source: Abington Patch 

Author: Theresa Katalinas 
Posted on April 25, 2012 


Montgomery County Resoures

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American Red Cross (Motel vouchers - Limited to disasters)
Community Housing Services, Inc. (Motel voucher - must be referred by caseworker)
Indian Valley Opportunity Center (Motel voucher - in service area)
Interfaith Community Services (N. Penn residents; Only during winter months)
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Main Line
Keystone Hospice (Terminally ill only)
Laurel House (Domestic violence only)
Upper Merion Baptist Church
Women's Advocacy Project
SHELTERS - Families
American Red Cross (Limited to disasters)
Christian Mission
Indian Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network
Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line
Inter-Faith Hospitality Network of Ambler (No single men)
Laurel House (Domestic violence only)
Missionaries of Charity (Women & boys under 5yrs.)
Morning Star, Souderton (Pregnant teenagers)
Salvation Army of Norristown (No single women)
Salvation Army of Pottstown
SHELTERS - Individuals
Baptist Children's Services
Community Housing Services (Abused women & a shelter for men - referral from caseworker)
Laurel House (Domestic violence only)
Salvation Army Men's Shelter, Norristown
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING (including victims of Domestic Violence)
First Time Homebuyers / Lease Purchase / Homeownership / Homeowner Skills
ASSETS (Service for self-employment training & support)
Baptist Children's Services (Group home)
Children's Aid Society (Adolescent group home, foster care)
Department of Public Welfare (Income assistance, food stamps)
Indian Valley Opportunity Center (GED, adult literacy, ESL)
Keystone Hospice (Care of sick & pediatric services)
Montgomery County Association for the Blind
512 West Marshall Street
Norristown, PA  19401
Phone: (610) 277-2570
Fax: (610) 277-6434
Category - Permanent Housing
Established in 1977, they promote improved access to economic, educational, social and cultural opportunities for low-income individuals and families in Montgomery County, especially those of Spanish-speaking background.
Agape Improvement and Development Corporation
376 East Moore Street
PO Box 212
Norristown, PA 19404-0212
Phone: (610) 279-9597
Hombuyer Counseling: (610) 279-2590
Fax: (215) 784-9339
Established in 1993 this organization is funded through donations and grants. Its function is to provide homeownership counseling, youth programs, computer classes and operate a food and clothing pantry. Some of the counseling available is one-on-one family life, budget/credit, home maintenance, and first time homebuyers. Home visitations are also available.
American Red Cross
1878 Markley Street

Norristown, PA 19401
**24 Hour Emergency Number**:  215-299-4000
Phone: (610) 272-6800
Fax: (610) 278-5028
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, with provided relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
ASSETS (A Service for Self-Employment Training & Support)
3 East Marshall Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone:   (610) 275-3520
Fax: (610) 272-7802
This organization was established in 1996 and is funded by foundations, corporations, individuals, and churches. Its purpose is to offer a 13 week training course for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs.
Baptist Children’s Services
373 East Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426
Phone: (610) 489-0395
Fax: (610) 454-0507
This organization provides group homes, a diagnostic evaluation center and family counseling.
Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc.
301 West Spring Street
Boyertown, PA 19512-1027
Phone: (610) 367-6957
Fax: (610) 367-0211
This Agency, funded by the area Agency on Aging, United Way and Memberships was established in 1973. The services available are emergency food, Meals on Wheels for Senior Citizens, SHARE food program, and a food cupboard. They offer energy management in the form of Project Good Neighbor, LIHEAP applications, and Crisis fuel. They also have rental assistance and FEMA funds.
CADCOM - Montgomery County Community Action Development Commission
113 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone:   (610) 277-6363
Fax: (610) 277-2123
Established in 1966 as a anti-poverty action agency this organization is funded by federal, state and local funds as well as corporate and private distribution. Some of the services offered are emergency food, clothing, personal supplies and household items. Food and nutritional services are offered as well as emergency housing, rental assistance, landlord-tenant counseling, mortgage counseling, energy assistance and first time home buyers assistance. Other services offered are family needs assessment, parental skills, weatherization program, budget/credit counseling, life skills and employment training.
Catholic Social Services
353 East Johnson Highway

Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 279-7372
Fax: (610) 270-0626
Organized in 1963 and funded by Catholic Charities Appeal, this is a multi-service organization that offers counseling in basic job search skills, family needs assessment, parenting and life skills. They also offer emergency services consisting of food, clothing, household items and mortgage assistance. Other programs include Landlord/Tenant counseling, home visitations and general weatherization.
Children’s Aid Society
1314 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 279-2755
Fax: (610) 279-5447
Organized in 1885 and funded by the County, Community, Grants, and United Way this organization offers Community Counseling, Foster Care and Group homes for adolescents. They are an active partner in the Norristown Family Center, Family Service System Reform and are developing a new Family Center in North Penn. They also have a Helpline Center Office in Lansdale serving the North Penn Community.
Church on The Mall/Interfaith Care/CADCOM
Plymouth Meeting Mall
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: (610) 828-0828
Fax: (610) 828-0828
This State funded organization offers Emergency Food, Clothing, Household Items and Referrals to Other Agencies that provide additional Services.
Circle Lodge, Inc.
Stanbridge and Sterigere Streets
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 275-1280
Fax: (610) 275-7849
Founded in 1982, Circle Lodge is a state-licensed Community Residential Rehabilitation Program serving individuals with mental illness, preparing them for independent community living. Their Alumni Program provides continuing assistance to all those who have lived at Circle Lodge.
Cluster Outreach Center
137 Walnut Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Phone: (610) 970-5995
Established in 1971, this organization is funded by the United Way, Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, Community individuals, groups and businesses. Serving the needy of the Greater Pottstown Area through job placement assistance, one-on-one life skills counseling, emergency services consisting of food cupboard, soup kitchen, clothing, household items and furniture. They also offer rental assistance, senior housing repair project and home visitations.
Colonial Neighborhood Council
107 East 4th Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Phone: (610) 828-6595
Fax: (610) 828-6595
Funded in part by Aging and Adult Services, Foundations, Churches, Companies, and Membership drives, this organization was established in 1967. Services offered are assistance with job placement, first time home buying, rental assistance, food distribution, emergency funds for electric and water bills and "Meals on Wheels".
Community Housing Services, Inc.
311 N. Broad Street
Lansdale, PA 19446
Phone: (215) 362-5250
Fax: (215) 362-5376
Established in 1983 and funded by Governments, Foundations, Civic Organizations, Businesses, Churches and Individuals this agency provides affordable housing and self sufficiency services for low and moderate income people. Some of the services provided are job search and interviewing skills, training referrals and GED preparation, counseling in family and parenting skills, housing laws, landlord/tenant disputes, budgeting and home maintenance. Emergency services offered are food, clothing, household items, furniture, transitional shelter for men, women and children, families and victims of domestic violence. Programs also offered are rental assistance, Lease Purchase Program, and First Time Homebuyers Program. Home Visitations are provided when needed.
Community Interfaith (Central Presbyterian Church)
900 West Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 275-2732
Fax: (610) 277-5916
Founded in 1970 and funded by a Grant and donations, this organization provides emergency food, clothing, and heating oil.
Department of Public Welfare, Montgomery County Assistance Office
1950 Calamia Drive
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone:  (610) 270-3500
Fax: (610) 270-1678
19 North Charlotte Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Phone:  (610) 327-5666
The Montgomery County Assistance Office falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Income Maintenance. Its function is to administer the operations of Cash Assistance, Food Stamp Program, Medical Assistance, and the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). There are two offices serving Montgomery County, one in Norristown and one in Pottstown.
Fair Housing Council of Montgomery County
105 E. Glenside Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
Phone:   (215) 576-7711
Fax: (215) 576-1509
The Council is a private, non profit agency funded by County Community Development Block Grant Program, HUD, Fair Housing Initiatives Program and Private contributions and was established in 1990. Its function is to combat housing discrimination in Montgomery County and provide education on fair housing rights, complaint intake and resolution, advocacy, referrals, 1st Time Homebuying information and weekly Homeseekers List.
Family Services
3125 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA 19403
Phone:  (610) 630-2111
Established in 1900 as a Social Service Agency offering one-on-one and group counseling and assistance with Parenting Skills and Family life skills.
Family Services/PROJECT HOPE
3125 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA 19403
Phone:  (610) 630-2111
Established in 1900 as a Social Service Agency offering Client and Family needs assessment, Psychological Evaluation, Life Skills Counseling and rental assistance when funds are available. Presently specializing in HIV/AIDS Counseling.
Genesis Housing Corporation
208 DeKalb Street, Suite 212
PO Box 1675
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 275-4357
Fax: (610) 275-1357
Established in 1994 as a Non-profit Community Development Corporation dedicated to affordable housing, this organization acquires and rehabs homes for first-time homebuyers. Services offered also include classroom and one-on-one counseling on budget, credit, mortgages, grants and the home buying process. County, state and federal funds along with foundation and corporate support fund this organization. Programs include First-Time Homebuyers, Targeted Owner-Occupied Rehab and Certified Housing Counseling.
Grace’s Kitchen
603 East Elm Street
PO Box 1027
Norristown, PA 19403
Phone:   (610) 277-3316
This organization is funded by CADCOM and operates a Food Cupboard every third Wednesday of the Month.
Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County
848 Cherry Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 278-7710
Fax: (610) 278-1634
Established in 1989 and funded by Grants and donations, this organization helps to create affordable housing for families in need. They offer Counseling in Life Skills including one-on-one Counseling in Budget/Credit, Home Maintenance, Mortgage, and First Time Homebuyers Program.
Hedwig House Inc.
904 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 279-4400
Fax: (610) 279-7968
Funded by Contracts with Montgomery County Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol and established in 1975 to help individuals with Psychiatric Rehabilitation through housing support services, counseling and home visitations.
IIndian Valley Housing Corporation
201 Main Street
P.O. Box 64183
Souderton, PA 18964
Phone: (215) 723-8750
Fax: (215) 723-3357
Founded in 1989 and funded through fees for services, contributions, Foundation Grants, and County Grants, this organization provides transitional housing units with supportive services. They also provide information and referrals to other agencies on all aspects of housing.
Indian Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network
PO Box 64183
Souderton, PA 18964
Phone: (215) 721-1299
Fax: (215) 721-3357
Established in 1998 to provide emergency Housing for Women, Women and Children, Families and Victims of Domestic Violence, with supportive services. The Indian Valley Network is a program of Indian Valley Housing Corporation.
Indian Valley Opportunity Center
75 W. Broad Street
Souderton, PA 18964
Phone: (215) 723-5430
Established in 1970 and funded in part by North Penn United Way, Pennsylvania Department of Education and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to help provide language and cultural bridging and basic education services to low income adults. Services include Adult Literacy, GED preparation, English as second language, and basic job search skills. Individual needs assessment, family action planning, referrals to utility assistance services, food distribution, nutritional classes, and bilingual social work staff are among the other services offered.
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance (formerly known as Inter-Faith of Ambler)
31 South Spring Garden Street
PO Box 141
Ambler, PA 19002
Phone: (215) 628-2334
Emergency Services: (215) 646-0120
Fax: (215) 643-5194
Organized in 1989 to provide temporary shelter for families in need with supportive services. Funded by Religious Community individuals, Foundations, Corporations, and local fund raisers.
This organization runs two additional programs:
1   Inter-Faith Hospitality Network of Ambler
    Phone: (215) 628-4009
    Fax: (215) 643-5194
    Organized in 1989 to provide temporary shelter for families in need with supportive services.

2.. HOPE Gardens
    Phone: (215) 628-2334
    This program provides 8 apartments of transitional housing with supportive services.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line
PO Box 498
Norristown, PA 19404
Phone: (610) 277-0977
Fax: (610) 277-9263
Established in 1991 and funded by Congregations, Grants and Donations, the function of this organization is to provide a 90 day shelter program for woman with or without children in houses through Main Line Churches. Job placement assistance, furniture and meals are available to clients.
Keystone Hospice
8765 Stenton Avenue
Wyndmoor, PA. 19038
Phone: (215) 836-2440
Fax: (215) 836-2448
Established in 1995, Keystone Hospice provides exceptional care with emphasis on quality, compassion and spirituality. Programs include home hospice care for children and adults, day and respite care, personal care for those who need housing along with supervised medical care, and residential hospice care in Keystone House. Keystone's comprehensive approach includes nursing care, home health aides, services of a medical social worker and chaplain, bereavement counseling and physical, occupational, speech and music therapies.
Laurel House
PO Box 764
Norristown, PA 19404
*24 Hour HOTLINE* : 1-800-642-3150
Administration Office: (610) 277-1860
Ambler Office: (215) 283-6035
Fax: (610) 275-4018 & (610) 277-6425
Established in 1981 and funded by PCADV, United Way, Foundations, Corporations, and Government Grants, they operate The Montgomery County Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims, offering emergency shelter and meals to women, women and children and victims of domestic violence. In addition, one-on-one and Group Counseling is offered in job search skills, family action plans, parenting, substance abuse, budget/credit and home maintenance. Other emergency services offered include food, clothing and household items.
Loaves and Fishes Food Cupboard
Jenkintown United Methodist Church
Summit Avenue and Walnut Street
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (215) 886-7250
Established in 1985 and funded through the Jenkintown United Methodist Church Members and a grant from CADCOM, this organization operates a food cupboard every Thursday from 12 noon to 2 pm to distribute food to needy families.
Lower Merion Affordable Housing Corporation
915 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 304
Narberth, PA 19072
Phone: (610) 667-2668
Fax: (610) 617-8847
Established in 1989 and funded by the Lower Merion Township this organization offers HUD funded programs including a first time homebuyers program, a lease purchase program, rehabilitation program and special need program for the elderly as well as rental units.
Manna on Main Street (Interfaith Community Service)
514 West Main Street
Lansdale, PA 19446
Phone: (215) 855-5454
Founded in 1983 and funded by United Way, Grant for Wages, and the Community, this organization operates a food cupboard and soup kitchen. Emergency services are offered for food, household items and furniture (emergency housing is available during winter months). Job placement assistance is offered. Rental and energy assistance is also available.
Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA
Montgomery County Project SHARE
538 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 272-7997
Fax: (610) 272-8241
Established in 1988 and funded by the Montgomery County office of Mental Health. MHASP advocates for better services and treatment for people with mental illness, as well as promoting research and education to prevent mental illness. Job placement assistance and one-on-one Employment counseling are available, as well as one-on-one Counseling in Life skills and Housing issues. Referral and information about county services as well as social and recreational activities.
Milestones Community Healthcare
614 North Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Phone: (215) 884-5566
Fax: (215) 885-1746
Funded by the County, Amerisource and other insurers, this organization provides partial hospitalization, outpatient drug and alcohol counseling and adult residential services for mentally ill adults. Included in the services offered are psychological evaluation, substance abuse assessment, one-on-one family and substance abuse counseling.
Missionaries of Charity
630 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 272-8248
Established in 1984 and funded through voluntary donations, this organization has emergency food service. Emergency clothing and household items are given when available. They operate a soup kitchen and have emergency shelter available for women and children (boys up to 5 years of age).
Montgomery County Association for the Blind
212 North Main Street
North Wales, PA 19454
Phone: (215) 661-9800
Fax: (215) 661-9888
Funded by private contributions, corporate contributions, foundation grants, special events, endowments, and bequests this organization was established in 1945. Their purpose is to provide services to people who are blind or vision impaired and to support efforts in the prevention of blindness. They offer job search and placement assistance, social services related to the adjustment to blindness, support groups, counseling related to vision loss, home visitations, technology training, active volunteer program, recreational activities and children's summer day camp.
Montgomery County Housing Authority
104 W. Main Street, Suite 1
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 275-5720
Fax: (610) 275-0889
Established in 1937 and funded by HUD, the main purpose includes provision of Federal Subsidies for rental assistance and first time homebuyers program as well as social services for clients.
The Montgomery County
Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities Department 
Court House
, PO Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404
Phone: (610) 278-3642
 Funded by the County, this organization provides services and support to persons with disabilities. The services include job search and interviewing skills, family needs assessment, psychological evaluation, substance abuse assessment, group and one-on-one counseling on landlord/tenant issues, substance abuse. Also available are rental assistance and home visitations. 
Montgomery County Community College/New Choices

340 DeKalb Pike; PH 170, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Central Campus:  (215) 619-7390
West Campus:  (610) 718-1803
New Choices / New Options is a free career-development, job training and personal growth program for single parents and displaced homemakers who must return to work because of divorce, separation, spouse's death or low income. The six-week program offers a 20-hour introductory computer class, confidence building skills, career exploration and planning, and individual job placement assistance. The goal is to promote economic self-sufficiency with an emphasis on high wage/high skilled careers. Day and evening sessions are offered in the fall and spring semesters at both the Central (Blue Bell) and West (Pottstown) campuses.
Pennsylvania Low Income Housing Coalition
2 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Phone: (215) 576-7044 
Established in 1985 and funded by membership dues and grants, this organization provides information and statewide advocacy to expand resources for affordable housing.  
Redevelopment Authority for the County of Montgomery

104 W. Main Street, Suite 2, Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 275-5300Established in 1945 as an independent governmental agency and funded with Federal, State and County funds, this agency provides assistance to townships and boroughs in stimulating economic revitalization and aiding in the provision of affordable housing. There is a fee for their Mortgage Counseling service.  
Victim Services Center of Montgomery County
18 W. Airy Street, Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 277-0932
Established in 1974 and funded by the Government, United Way, Foundations and Corporate donations, this non-profit organization provides supportive services to all victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes. One-on-one and Group Counseling is provided to assist with family action plans and safety planning for abused children and the non-offending parent.
Willow Grove Community Development Corporation


PO Box 1097, Willow Grove, PA 19090
Phone: (215) 657-3340This organization was established in 1990 and is funded through Government programs, private foundations and corporate sponsors. The function of this agency is to help in providing affordable rental housing, assistance to first time homebuyers, budget and credit counseling.
Women’s Center of Montgomery County

101 Washington Lane
, Suite WC-1, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (215) 885-5020

Established in 1976 and funded by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the United Way and individual donations this organization’s concerns are women’s rights and domestic violence. Among the services they provide are a violence hotline, emergency food, clothing, household items, furniture, financial assistance, as well as Counseling in family life skills, domestic violence, legal advocacy and court accompaniment.
Women's Resource Center
PO Box 596, Wayne, PA 19087
Phone: (610) 687-6415
Established in 1975 and funded by donations, grants and memberships, this organization provides one-on-one and group counseling as well as referrals to other agencies.
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