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Campus organization focuses on homeless in Horry County 


 

The Hope, Empower, Accomplish, Love (H.E.A.L.) project is one of the newest community giveback projects created by the Wall Fellows. H.E.A.L. is now an official organization on campus, and it aims to recruit students from all colleges at the University. The H.E.A.L. project officers are Mickayla Smith ’18, president; Sora Lebowitz ’18, vice president; Michael Ford ’19, treasurer; Madison Wolf ’19, fundraising coordinator; and Shadda Corwin ’19, community outreach coordinator.

The goal of this project is to create a community closet in collaboration with the Greater Love Home in Horry County, an organization geared toward helping women transition from homelessness. The hope is to be able to provide toiletries such as toothbrushes, deodorant, hair products and cosmetics to help the women regain confidence as they rebuild their lives. The organization is currently accepting donations for the project, and there will be a drawing for gift cards in the spring.

They would also like to provide resources to help the women gain employment. Corwin’s position as community coordinator will be instrumental, for she will be reaching out to local stores and restaurants to see if they are willing to help these women transition into stable careers.

The team visited the Greater Love Home on Nov. 5, and it was an incredible experience to see the home and meet some of the women we will be helping. Those in charge of the Greater Love Home and its inhabitants were overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation, and we are all very excited to see how this project will develop. 

If you would like to donate to the project or would like more information, please email healproject54@gmail.com. You can also follow H.E.A.L. on Facebook at facebook.com/TheHEALproject2017; on Instagram @healproject; and on Twitter @HEALProject2017