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Moravian Raises Awareness of Homelessness

Bethlehem, Pa., April 5— A campus-wide program for Homelessness Awareness Week was held at Moravian College during the week of April 11 through April 15. The initiative was spearheaded by Dr. Stacey Zaremba, professor and chair of the psychology department at the college. Events were planned to focus attention on the plight of the homeless, not only in the Lehigh Valley area, but world-wide.

The program featured an outdoor display of flags on main campus that represented homeless people living in the Lehigh Valley. The flags were color-coded to represent men, women, and children. The film, Dark Days, a documentary account of homeless people living in Penn Station was shown during the week’s events.

Panel discussions featured Sharol Lilly Weaver, Senior Planner for the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley; Dr. Francis Ryan, history professor at Moravian; Phyllis Walsh, Community Service Coordinator at Moravian College; as well as a representative from Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley. Weaver is responsible for multiple aspects of CACLV’s food, housing, shelter, asset-building, and community development programs. Turning Point provides shelter and aid to victims of domestic violence throughout the community.

Organizers conducted multiple events during Homelessness Awareness Week, including clothing drives for the YWCA and Sixth Street Women’s Shelter. Items collected included women’s business attire, children’s clothing, towels and other needed supplies. Information to raise student awareness about the issues of homelessness was provided through posters and handouts in the Haupert Union Building at the college.