Our Vision

Our vision is a community where all women and their children are empowered to build a stable foundation.


Mission Statement

Clare House transforms the lives of women and their children through an employment-focused program providing safety, housing, and supportive services with the goal of financial stability.

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

Maryanne was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and made Lancaster County her home in 2005. Maryanne joined the Clare House Team in 2019. She is a seasoned nonprofit leader and child advocate. Maryanne came to Clare House because of her desire to support families facing poverty. Maryanne holds a BS in Human Service Administration. She is currently working to complete an endorsement in Infant Toddler Mental Health.

In her free time, Maryanne enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years, her two teenage boys, and her two very busy dogs.

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

Michelle was born and raised in Lancaster County but later moved to New York then New Jersey. She made her way back to Lancaster County to raise her children in a place that she considers "home". As a single parent of three teenagers, there is never a dull moment in her household. Knowing that life can be unpredictable helps her in her case manager role at Clare House. She understands that situational homelessness can affect anyone.

Michelle has her BSW and will be obtaining her MSW from Millersville University in May 2020. She is dedicated to helping the women at Clare House manage the steps to accomplish their goals. Michelle is inspired daily by the determination and commitment of the women who participate in the program. She feels fortunate to be part of a team that supports the empowerment of families on their journey to a sustainable future.


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