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Wyoming Rotary Club supports Women with Children program
01-11-13

Wyoming Rotary Club presents ceremonial check to Vicki Austin.
The Wyoming Rotary Club recently announced that its board of directors has approved an annual donation of $250 in support of the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University.

The financial commitment by the Wyoming Rotary Club will be used to partially fund the emergency fund for the Women with Children program. It assists with the cost of items such as food, medicine, clothing, and emergency child-care needs for the families currently enrolled in the program.

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 academically eligible single mothers an opportunity to attend college while living on campus with children.

The program has grown steadily from a pilot project to a successful education 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.

For more information about the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/wwc or call Vicki Austin, director, at (570) 674-6728 or email her at vaustin@misericordia.edu. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats.

Caption:

The Wyoming Rotary Club recently announced that it will make an annual $250 donation to the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University. Participating in the first check presentation ceremony at the Pauly House, from left, are Frank Sobeck, Wyoming Rotary Club; Vicki Austin, director, Women with Children Program; Mark Sobeck, Wyoming Rotary Club; Darrelle Evans, Wyoming Rotary Club; Pat Dutton, Wyoming Rotary Club, and John Harrington, president, Wyoming Rotary Club.