Melvin Thomas, his fiancée Joan Mastascusa Rhoads ’90,
and his extended family, refugees from Hurricane Katrina, now have a home in Bethlehem
and a hand up from Moravian College.
The Thomas extended family, which includes
his parents and five children (ages 3-12) of his brothers and sisters, has been
taken under the wing of the College and Seminary as they resettle in the Lehigh
They arrived September 15 and were introduced to the Moravian College
community two nights later at a gospel concert in the HUB.
The family already had
planned to relocate to the Lehigh Valley. They weren’t expecting to do
so after being wiped out by a hurricane, however.
Thomas, a minister, is a counselor
at Keenan House, a halfway house in Allentown.
The Red Cross of the Lehigh
Valley is working to provide accommodations, and the College and Seminary are
providing necessities for their resettlement.
Campus organizations are helping by
collecting the following items:
- Greek organizations: linen, tableware,
- Athletics: non-perishable foods and Giant gift cards.
- C3: toiletries
and paper products.
- Multicultural Club/Gamma Sigma: schools supplies, cleaning
supplies and phone cards.
- Seminary: small appliances.
- Habitat: basic home tools.
- Newman Association and Christian Fellowship:
children’s toys and family
- Faculty and staff: gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, or Kohl’s
for clothes and miscellaneous items.
Please contact Phyllis Walsh, community service coordinator, at
Ext. 1602 for more information.