Our Vision

Our vision is a community where all women and children have a sense of optimism, confidence, and hope for the future.


Mission Statement

Clare House serves homeless women and children in a caring environment, through life skills training and support, leading to self-sufficiency.

Every day Clare House receives calls from women who find themselves homeless as a result of abusive relationships, addiction, loss of employment, or simply slipping through "the system." These women need a safe place for themselves and their children where they can turn their lives around. They need someone who understands and is willing to give them a hand. Clare House teams with women in our community to assess their needs and deficits before building Life Skills to inspire a brighter tomorrow. While the up to 8 families are with us our Life Skills Director works to share resources and through step by step schedule, our women can reach their potential and become independent, self-sufficient and confident individuals.


Team Members

Evalina Dombrowski, Executive Director

Evalina Dombrowski  Executive Director

With a background of mental health services Eva contributes a special kind of hard work and positivity to our teamwork dynamic. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Messiah College and previously worked for Philhaven Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services. Eva is happy to be celebrating her 4th year at Clare House, and is honored to have been the recipient of the 2017 SCORE Small Business Development Award, as well as nominee for the Lancaster Young Professionals 2017 Young Influencer Award.

In her free time, she enjoys volunteering time at The Common Wheel, the Lancaster Public Library, travelling, playing The Legend of Zelda, writing, playing guitar, exploring conspiracy theories, hiking, and spending time with her nieces (4 and 2 years old). One of her favorite quotes is: "Perfection is the enemy of greatness." -Janelle Monae

Keya Shell, Program Director

Keya Shell  Program Director

Keya Shell is an Eastern University graduate, who studied Organizational Leadership and has over a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector serving opportunity youth, individuals with disabilities, returning citizens and low-and moderate-income populations. Keya can walk into a situation, strategically analyze it and quickly work out a fundamental solution while continually looking at the “big picture”. Keya is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Harrisburg, skilled in Domestic Violence counseling and Cultural Diversity.

Keya strives to be a role model to the women she serves. She exemplifies the definition of servant leader, great mentor and teacher. Keya is a dedicated hardworking individual that will work to provide quality outcomes in whatever she does. Keya has exceptional leadership abilities, intrinsic motivation, and an eagerness to share knowledge. Keya began her journey at Clare House November 2017 as the Program Director, responsible for evaluating program activities.

Lauren Cramer, House Manager

Lauren Cramer  House Manager

Lauren brings a diverse professional background to Clare House. With a B.A. in Psychology and over 10 years’ experience as a therapist and clinical supervisor, she has a strong passion for helping others. Since making the decision to change careers and start a family, Lauren has felt something missing in her professional life. That is, until coming aboard Clare House where she coordinates all volunteer opportunities, and is always reminded of the kindness of community.

Lauren loves being a mom of 2 active boys and has been married 25 years to her husband Chris. She is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan who loves to travel and in her spare time enjoys hiking, camping, music, photography, sports, Native American culture and reading. She also raises money for suicide prevention and education and supports families touched by suicide. A highlight of her life was a 6-week long road-trip across the country and a trip to Alaska. Considering herself a “navigator of life,” who is still not sure what she wants to be when she grows up, she feels she is back where she belongs.


Board of Directors