Women’s Center & Shelter Pittsburgh | Women’s Emergency Shelter


Help women and children that have experienced domestic violence know hope and joy this holiday season. Donated gift cards empower women in Shelter to celebrate the holidays with their children.

“Your generosity makes us feel like we have community support. To know that you have set aside time and money to make us feel like we are not alone is an absolutely beautiful gift.”

Imagine that you are spending the holidays in a domestic violence shelter alone or with your children where you have arrived with only the clothes on your backs. Or, perhaps you are attending a support group so that you can start a new life, but don’t yet have the means to purchase holidays gifts for your children.

Women’s Center & Shelter’s residents and non-residents face these situations. But, there is hope for a brighter holiday season. By symbolically adopting a family, you are empowering domestic violence survivors to make this holiday season as normal and joyful as possible.

Because one of Women’s Center & Shelter’s core values is to empower women to make their own choices, we want our clients to have the freedom to shop for their own children. By donating gift cards, you give women the opportunity to delight in the experience of purchasing and giving presents to their children.

The Power of Your Generosity

Because of your generosity, 320 women and children had gifts last holiday season. This year, WC&S is hoping to provide support to 350 women and children in need.

Suggested gift cards include:

  • VISA
  • Target
  • Walmart

To support the safety and confidentiality needed, we are unable to provide names, ages or requests of specific families. Thank you for understanding.

Ready to Adopt-A-Family?

Donating is easy! Just complete our Gift Card Return Form and mail it with gift cards by December 15 to:

Attn: AAF
Women’s Center & Shelter
P.O. Box 9024
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Is your company or organization planning a gift card drive? Please complete our 2017 Adopt-A-Family Special Event Form.


THANK YOU for ensuring that domestic violence survivors and their children have a happier holiday season. In the event that there are any gift cards not distributed during the holidays, your cards are used to meet client needs throughout the year. Women and children often arrive with little to nothing at the Shelter. These gift cards empower them as they start over.