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6372-Malone University Pioneers Help the Homeless

6372-August 17, 2012

The Malone University Pioneer baseball team is collaborating with the YWCA Emergency Shelter program, area moving companies, and Chick-fil-A restaurant in an all-out effort to help greater Canton area individuals transition out of emergency housing. Collection day is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to make a donation must live in Stark County and schedule in advance for a home pick-up time by calling the Canton YWCA at 330.453.7644.

Members of the baseball team will provide the "muscle," volunteering their time to carry, load, and unload larger items. Buckeye Moving Systems, M. Conley Company, and DeHoff Realtors are providing vans and drivers for the day. Chick-fil-A is donating lunch tickets to help feed the team. Items will be taken to the YWCA's warehouse and later distributed to persons as they transition from the emergency shelter to more permanent housing. Collections can also be scheduled throughout the year by calling the YWCA at 330.453.7644.

There is an ongoing need for furniture including dressers, beds, and mattresses in good condition, headboards, chairs, couches, dinettes and tables, as well as household items. No large appliances please.  The YWCA emergency shelter provides a place to stay for homeless persons and families for a 60-90 day period. During this time, social workers work with individuals and families to assess problem areas and needs, and then develop case plans to address these needs. The YWCA has housed women since 1909. In 1986, grant funds were secured to house single women and women with children (boys aged 6 and under) who were in homeless situations. The YWCA Family Shelter, opened in 1989, houses families with older males (children or adult). It moved to its new site at Gateway House II in January of 2012. The YWCA has seen a need for housing assistance grow from serving 189 individuals in 1986 to 362 individuals last year, 50% of who were children for 21,890 nights of service.

The New Beginnings program, transitional housing, provides housing for eligible families for a two year period with long term support services to assist motivated families move out of poverty. Gateway Estates, which opened in October 2001, offers permanent housing for the hard-to-house homeless in 36 low income SROs (single room occupancies). The YWCA's newest housing project, Gateway House II, which opened in October 2011, provides 39 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals, couples and families where at least one adult member of the household has a disabling condition.

Persons wishing to donate new or used furniture, or to make a monetary donation, please call Theresa Ponchak at 330.453.7644, extension 104.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424


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