Published on October 28, 2019

Reading Hospital Employees Donate Shoes for Survivors of Domestic Violence

West Reading, PA., October 28, 2019 - In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month Reading Hospital collected 2,275 pairs of shoes for men, women, and children. New and gently used shoes were collected from October 4 to 25 and will be donated to Opportunity House and Hope Rescue Mission.

"Opportunity House provides emergency and supportive services to 1,500 members of our community on annual basis," said Kate Alley, Chief Development Officer, at Opportunity House. "This generous donation will help us fulfill our mission to empower people to stand on their own feet."

The "Sole Survivor" collection began three years ago as a way for hospital employees to support survivors of domestic violence and has seen significant growth year over year. In 2018, 1,200 pairs of shoes were collected and in 2017 hospital employees donated approximately 800 pairs of shoes.

"The team members at Reading Hospital are committed to caring for our community," said William M. Jennings, President and CEO at Reading Hospital. "I continue to be impressed by their generosity and compassion for their patients, friends, and neighbors."

If you, or someone you know, is homeless and in need assistance please contact Opportunity House at 610-374-4696 or Hope Rescue Mission at 610-375-4224.

About Reading Hospital

Reading Hospital is the flagship, Magnet Recognized, acute care hospital of Tower Health. Located in West Reading, Pa., Reading Hospital is a 714-bed hospital that is home to many top-tier specialty care centers, including Reading HealthPlex, McGlinn Cancer Institute, Miller Regional Heart Center, Emergency Department, Level I Trauma Center and Beginnings Maternity Center, which houses the region's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 1,000 physicians and providers across 46 locations, Reading Hospital has been recognized for its quality outcomes and clinical expertise across services lines. It is listed as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for three consecutive years and received a 5-Star Rating from CMS. For more information, visit