Gina, Shaun and Joshua  The Gina, Shaun, and Joshua Memorial Fund

In 1979, The Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence opened an emergency shelter for battered women and their dependent children fleeing from violence and in need of protection. It is one of the oldest domestic violence sexual assault victim-serving agencies in Pennsylvania. The shelter program includes individual counseling, support groups, goal planning, and a children’s program. Counselors also provide information regarding legal options, housing, job training and other community resources critical to a woman’s ability to make plans for her future and the safety of her children.

In 1995, a memorial fund, was established for Gina Marie Lupson-Holden-Young, and her two sons, Shaun Edward and Joshua Lee by her parents and boy’s grandparents. The three died on June 9, 1993 in an arson fire that was the tragic conclusion of a history of domestic violence. Gina’s husband was found guilty on October 10, 1995 and sentenced, on October 12, 1995, to three consecutive life sentences.

The fund is used to support shelter and other critical services to abused women and children. "We want something positive to come of the lives of Gina, Shaun and Joshua," the parents said. "We hope, by establishing this memorial fund, it will help survivors of domestic violence who seek safety and support."

In 2001 the Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence changed their name to the Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.

Donations to the Memorial Fund for Gina, Shaun and Joshua may be sent to: The Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, PO Box 398, Greensburg, PA 15601 (724-837-9540).

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