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1st Federal Charitable Foundation supports Women with Children program

Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University receives grant from First Federal Charitable Foundation
Dallas, Luzerne County-T he Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University was awarded recently with a $25,000 grant from the First Federal Charitable Foundation of Hazleton Pa.

The grant was used to install a new privacy fence, security cameras, an outdoor playset, and new exterior doors for the Rasmussen House/Rosary Hall. The balance of the grant was placed in an emergency fund, which provides assistance for students in the program with basic needs such as food, medicine and weather-appropriate clothing.
The Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University was established in 2000 to provide support to women and their children by helping them realize their full potential through higher education. The program was designed to provide support, services, housing and financial aid for academically qualified single mothers of any age who are determined to complete their undergraduate degree. The program affords single mothers an opportunity to attend college while living on campus with their children.
The program has grown steadily from a pilot project to a successful educational model. Due to limited facilities and funding, enrollment is capped at 10 adults and 20 children, falling well short of the demand. A waiting list is maintained and eligible women are interviewed as openings become available. Funding is primarily derived through grants from private foundations, corporations and contributions from civic groups and individuals. Misericordia University features two homes on the lower campus that are dedicated to the program – the Pauly House and the Rasmussen House/Rosary Hall.

The First Federal Charitable Foundation has donated more than $2 million to 150 organizations in need in northeastern Pennsylvania, according to its website, www.1stfederalcharitable.com. The foundation’s mission is to nurture nonprofits and programs that effectively serve those most in need in the community; assist in the expansion of regional nonprofits and their programs, and to promote opportunities for the establishment of new nonprofits and additional programs.
The foundation supports the needs of communities and area residents in the former market area of First Federal Bank in Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Monroe and Schuylkill Counties, according to the foundation.
For more information about Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University, please call Katherine M. Pohlidal, M.Ed., M.B.Z., L.P.C., C.A.D.C., C.C.D.P., director, at (570) 674-6728 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/wwc. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

(Information from Paul Krzywicki)

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