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Liz Rosevear
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the work some of our nonprofit partners are doing to serve women in communities across Pittsburgh. PA Organization for Women in Early Recovery‘s mission is to “help women reclaim their lives from addiction and related emotional health issues and improve the well-being of future generations.” They offer...
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“From the beginning, our relationship was fused with a love for exploring new places and finding beauty around us. “ 2014-2015 Alum Chaska Yoder shares the story of how she and her now-husband, Phil, met in school and grew their bond through the PULSE program. “Phil and I first met as students at Eastern Mennonite...
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“Through our friendship, I fell more in love with Pittsburgh and its communities. Sometimes, all you need is a little push from a friend to open your eyes and really see what is around you. “ 2016-17 Alum Ivy Keen shares about falling in love with Pittsburgh during her time with PULSE and the adventures...
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“Our group seemed to “click” as friends right away, and those friendships deepened over our year together. “ 2010-2011 alum Maggie Aupperlee shares the bond she formed with her seven Stanton housemates – Anna Wildermuth, Laura Harnish, Beth Glick, Alicia Donner, Elizabeth Brick, Andrea Yutzy, and Abbi Yoder. “Some of the best times we had...
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“The first year out of college was challenging for both of us, in different ways, but we took refuge in each other and in our friendships as we navigated the changes.” 2017-2018 alumni Shayna Gleason and David Hogan share the story of how they met and began a relationship through PULSE. “We met during PULSE...
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“PULSE has inspired me to think critically about the nature of social service and the skills effective to activating intentional partnerships and transformations.” Jahqwahn Watson grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended The College of Wooster where he earned a degree in Africana Studies. At Wooster, he devoted much of his time to organizations such as the Children’s...
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“I think PULSE is structured in such a way that it makes me challenge my limited perspective. It encourages a close-knit, connected community, so considering how well-networked Pittsburgh is, there are several opportunities for community engagement.” Alyssa Miville grew up in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, then moved to Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania to live with one of her...
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“It’s a community where everyone has decided to be here intentionally. That’s so different from being in a college setting because we all came here and have the same core values. This experience has made me want to live intentionally in my day-to-day life.” A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Bonnie majored in Sociology...
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“PULSE has inspired me to live simply and communally, as well as grow with like-minded people.” A graduate of Stonehill College, Brett majored in Political Science. Brett has served with three different organizations in the Brockton and Easton areas of Massachusetts including Catholic charities, My Brother’s Keeper, and The Farm at Stonehill. All of these experiences taught him different...
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“I’ve enjoyed hearing the diverse viewpoints and the ways in which people think about varying topics. My housemates have pushed me to understand things from another viewpoint and meet people where they are sometimes.” A graduate of The College of Wooster, D’Khorvillyn majored in International Relations. D’Khorvillyn was a Girl Scout from age 3 until her Senior year...
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