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

Maryanne O'Neill, Executive Director

Maryanne O'Neill  Executive Director

Dawn Allen, Program Director

Dawn Allen  Program Director

Dawn has a BS in Psychology, a MSW, and is licensed by the State of PA. Dawn comes to Clare House with a diverse background ranging from working with children, adults, families, DD population, and individuals with mental health and trauma diagnosis. She has provided mobile therapy for at risk youths, outpatient therapy and has experience working with multiple modalities. Dawn has a passion in working with women and children and believes wholeheartedly in Clare House vision and mission for the families that we serve.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her 3 daughters (ages 24, 17, and 12).

Dawn’s favorite quotes, “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.” –Phil McGraw and “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Michelle Rybner, House Manager

Michelle Rybner  Case Manager


Board of Directors