Women's Leadership Initiative Collecting Quarters for Homeless Shelter

March 4, 2010

The Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) class of 2009-10, which is offered to women students within the college of Health and Human Development at Penn State, is doing a service-learning project to benefit Housing Transitions Inc., a local homeless shelter that offers numerous services to the community.

The WLI is raising awareness around campus and the State College area, and also is conducting fundraising for the shelter through a quarter drive. The shelter uses quarters to give residents bus fare to go on job interviews and also to do their laundry. It goes through a large amount of quarters each week. The group is not only accepting quarters, it will be accepting all donations. There will be jars placed in local businesses beginning on March 1, and there will a fundraising table set up at the HUB-Robeson Center on various days.

The shelter is located in the State College area and works to assist families and individuals to achieve a more independent lifestyle. Some of the services the shelter provides are: Centre House emergency shelter, transitional housing, Centre County case management, Center County adult services case management, family self-sufficiency, first-time homebuyers programs, foreclosure prevention, housing academy and emergency food pantry. The shelter is a nonprofit organization that is funded by the Centre County United Way, local governments, state and federal grants and contributions from community members.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.