Women’s Club Donates Art Supplies to Women with Children Program


The GFWC-West Side Women’s Club donated art supplies to the children in the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program (WWC) at Misericordia University. Participating in the presentation, first row from left, are GFWC Club Women Joanne Corey, club member; Linda McGeehan, a 1972 graduate of Misericordia and co-chair, Home Life Committee, and Deidre Kaminski, GFCW, president; standing, Ginny Zdanowicz, a 1972 graduate of Misericordia and co-chair, Home Life Committee; Carla Finn, publicity chair, Home Life Committee; Theresa Doughty, coordinator, WWC program, and Katherine Pohlidal, director, WWC program.

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The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Pennsylvania, GFWC-West Side Women’s Club recently donated an assortment of art supplies for the children in the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children’s Program. The program currently has 10 single mothers and 12 children enrolled.

The Ruth Matthews BourgerWomen with Children Program was established in 2000 in order to provide housing and support for academically qualified, single mothers and their children at two houses owned by the University. The program – one of only eight of its kind in the country – has prepared graduates for rewarding careers in nursing, education, communications, occupational therapy, social work, medical imaging, psychology, business administration and speech-language pathology.

The program has the capacity for 10 families: 10 single mothers with up to two children each. To date, 55 women have participated in the program. Although priority is given to women from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, students from as far away as Utah have graduated from it.