ACCESS NEPA FILE PHOTO Students from The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton look at a past “An Empty Place at the Table” display.

The Women’s Resource Center, which serves Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties, has numerous programs planned for October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“An Empty Place at the Table,” an exhibit of table settings arranged in memory of women and children from the two counties who were victims of domestic violence, will be on display at several spots:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the IHM Center at Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton
  • Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1148 Main St., New Milford
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lackawanna County Government Center, Wyoming Avenue, Scranton
  • Monday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University of Scranton’s DeNaples Student Center, Mulberry Street


Then, on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., domestic violence survivor Vanessa Vargas will show her artwork in a free exhibit at Terra Preta Prime located on North Washington Avenue in Scranton. The artwork follows her journey through abuse.

The WRC next will hold a soup sale fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 17, at Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Guests can buy the restaurant’s Lobster Bisque for $8, pick-up only, with all of the proceeds going to the WRC. Vouchers, which guarantee the buyer soup, which will be limited that day, will be for sale in advance at Cooper’s front desk.

In Susquehanna County, the commissioners will proclaim October Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m. at the Susquehanna County Courthouse, Lake Avenue, Montrose.

Then, on Friday, Oct. 18, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. the WRC will hold a purple pumpkin painting event at the Community Resource Center, Public Avenue, Montrose, in conjunction with the Third Friday activities.

The WRC has numerous services for adult and child survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, including a crisis hotline, counseling, emergency shelters and safe housing, legal and support services, education, prevention and advocacy. Those in need can call the Lackawanna County hotline at 570-346-4671 and the Susquehanna County hotline at 800-257-5765.

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