Honors Safe Harbor

Pictured with the donations are, from left, Jimmy Scott, Ashley Seyler, Kayleigh Schreyer, Lara John, Kelsey Stasyszyn, and Scott Shewell from Safe Harbour

Honors Program students raise money, donations for area homeless shelter

When students in Felicia Shearer’s Introduction to Human Communications Studies class had to come up with a service-learning project, several Honors Program students formed a group to help people staying at the Safe Harbour homeless shelter in Carlisle.

When they began this assignment, the five-member group was uncertain of its success due to the current economy. They were hopeful their classmates and members of the surrounding community would step up to help—and they did.

According to sophomore Kelsey Stasyszyn, the group raised nearly $300 as well as hundreds of other needed items including socks, toilet paper, wash clothes, towels, health care products, and toothbrushes.

Scott Shewell, vice president for community relations and development at Safe Harbour, said, “Through their efforts, many individuals and families in need of assistance will receive basic necessities and services. It would be very difficult for Safe Harbour to assist those in need without the outstanding efforts of volunteers such as the Honors Program students at Shippensburg University.”

The group, Lara John, Ashley Seyler, Kayleigh Schreyer, Jimmy Scott and Kelsey Stasyszyn, placed signs detailing its efforts around campus from mid-October to late November. The group delivered the items to the shelter in early December.

“We are glad we were able to help give the people at Safe Harbour the boost they need,” said Scott, a first-year student.

Added Seyler, also a first-year student, “It’s nice to see people helping and it’s nice that we could do this. I didn’t know what this class was going to be and now it’s this whole big thing where we’re helping people and it’s awesome.”

Safe Harbour is a not-for-profit organization that provides an emergency shelter for families and single females who are in desperate need of a secure place to live, and who wish to begin getting their lives under control.