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Malone University raises more than $2,000 for Refuge of Hope – SARTA matching gift will result in $4,000 worth of bus passes for Refuge of Hope clients

June 25, 2013 | Release # 6662

Refuge of Hope

Two recent fundraising efforts on the campus of Malone University are combining to ease the financial burden of travel for clients and residents of the Refuge of Hope in Canton.

Joyce Byler, director of The Malone University Wellness Center, oversees the annual Jack Hazen Open – Pump & Run, donating race proceeds toward a charitable organization. And this year, the discovery of a homeless individual on campus led to an impromptu act of generosity on the part of students, faculty, and staff

Earlier this spring, Dave Burnip, director of safety at Malone, followed up on a report that a man and his dog were living under a tree on the University campus. The discovery led to temporary housing, with the cooperation of Peace for Pets and Refuge of Hope.

In gratitude, Malone University is making a donation of used mattresses from residence halls to Refuge of Hope, and launched a fundraiser to work in cooperation with the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) to provide bus passes for Refuge of Hope residents and clients for travel to medical appointments, job interviews, counseling sessions, etc.

Combining race proceeds with the fundraiser, the University presented Refuge of Hope with a check for $2,045 earlier today.

SARTA will match all funds donated through the end of June up to $2,000, bringing the total donation to more than $4,000.

Peace for Pets is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping pets and the people who love them seek safety from domestic violence situations. Often survivors of domestic violence fear that their pets may be harmed if they leave a bad situation, but finding safety for the pets can be a challenge.

Refuge of Hope is a Christian based rescue mission located in downtown Canton, Ohio, which provides food and shelter to the hungry and homeless in the Stark County community. It is supported by area churches of various denominations, individuals, businesses, foundations and other such civic-minded organizations. All services are provided free of charge.

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 has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 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 2015 


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