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You are cordially invited to participate in the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Virtual Holiday Tea

Ruth Matthews Bourger
Women with Children Program

The Women with Children Program (WWC) at Misericordia University is one of only eight programs in the United States. The Program empowers economically disadvantaged single mothers by providing the opportunity to complete a college degree, creating brighter futures for themselves and for their children. The pathway to college and the completion of a four year degree may seem impossible right now. Through our program the roadblocks to higher education are removed and the completion of a college degree becomes a reality.

For more information, please contact the Director, Katherine Pohlidal, at 570-674-6728.

View our brochure here.

Click here to download the application for the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women With Children Program.


You are cordially invited to participate in the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program Virtual Holiday Tea

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In this 20th Anniversary year of the RMB Women with Children Program, we are called to action beyond the scope of what many of us could ever imagine possible. Amidst a global pandemic and in a most challenging time, one Misericordia University program’s doors have always remained open, the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program. Holding true to our mission, and in the tradition of foundress, Sister Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy, we are steadfast in our commitment of lifting single mothers and their children from poverty through the obtainment of college degrees. And as we provide safe, supportive home environments for each family in response to such adversity, we continue to witness the successful graduation of six additional families this year. Please join us in participating in our annual Virtual Holiday Tea, as support for our program ensures that we will continue to serve our communities’ most vulnerable women and children. Then, during this holiday season, and in the spirit of Sister Catherine McAuley, may you enjoy a comfortable cup of tea while reflecting on how impactful your support is in truly changing our families’ lives for the better. On behalf of all Ruth Matthews Bouger WWC graduates, for the WWC families that are with us now, and for the future women and children to pass through our arch, we extend our deepest thanks and gratitude for your generous support.

We wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season. Thank you!

Katherine M. Pohlidal signature - Director, Ruth Matthews Bouger Women with Children Program


Food Dignity - The Podcast - Episode 11: What is it like being a single mom in America? Kathrine Pohlidal podcast interview
The Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University fights poverty and food insecurity by championing women and their children through access to higher education and college degrees.  Listen to this #FoodDignity Podcast to hear Katherine Pohlidal, Director of the Program, discuss the road blocks that many economically disadvantaged, single mothers face when trying to complete a college degree and how the program removes barriers, so moms and their families can grow and thrive.