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The Promise House provides referrals to on and off campus resources. Student coordinators are trained to enroll other students in free tax preparation, assistance with financial aid, or enrollment in food assistance programs.
The Promise House is always looking for volunteers! If you are interested in getting involved with The Promise House please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 614.823.2074.
On November 18, 2015, a group of Otterbein students gathered for a “Chili Chat”; this was an opportunity to share a bowl of chili and talk about the socioeconomic barriers that can hinder success in college. Each student shared a written story about an issue they personally faced, or one shared by a peer. One student wrote, “I work two jobs and still can’t afford shampoo.” As the evening unfolded, students made a list of the key issues they faced and brainstormed solutions to each barrier. Among the roadblocks to student success shared that night were the rising costs of textbooks, transportation costs, and their number one barrier: HUNGER.
Food insecurity has “increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses and can pose a significant barrier to student success” (Hughes et.al. 2011). Universities across the country are opening food banks to help alleviate the challenges associated with food insecurity so that students can remain in school and earn their degrees.
In response to the growing national trend of hunger on campus and the roadblocks identified by Otterbein students, the Promise House was opened in April 2016!
86 W. Home Street Home Street Commons Apartment Complex Lounge
See Promise House Facebook Page for most up to date hours
Any donations are appreciated and can be dropped off anytime the Promise House is open.
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