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Faith & Service

Students return to Houston for Hurricane Harvey relief

Waynesburg will partner with All Hands and Hearts

Teghan Simonton Dec 20, 2018

During Winter Break, nine Waynesburg University students will provide Hurricane Harvey recovery services in Houston, Texas. Led by Kristen Stone, a network analyst for the Office of Information Technology Services, and Carin Camp, campus security officer, the group will serve from Saturday, Jan. 5, to Saturday, Jan. 12.

Students will work with the nonprofit organization All Hands and Hearts, which provides relief to residents in areas affected by natural disasters.

“My goal for the trip is to provide as much help and support as we can,” said Stone.

Waynesburg University students are returning to Houston for the second year in a row. Last year, Stone said, students helped to clean residences of muck and debris, tore out walls and floors with water damage and cleared fallen trees from property. This year, students will restore those homes by hanging drywall and laying base for new floors.

“I personally am looking forward to restoring homes that were damaged and making them livable again,” Stone said, “and getting to see the final product of the project and getting to see the homeowner react to being able to move back into their home.”

Students attending the All Hands and Hearts service trip include:

  • Lindsey Brubaker, sophomore nursing major from Williamsburg, Pennsylvania (Williamsburg High School)
  • Michaela Callander, senior early childhood education with special education major from Parker, Pennsylvania (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Elizabeth Garren, sophomore forensic science major from Washington Court House, Ohio (Fayette Christian School)
  • Sarah Knisely, sophomore mathematics and secondary education major from Tyrone, Pennsylvania (Bellwood-Antis School District)
  • Emily Moyers, sophomore early childhood education with special education major from Warren, Ohio (Lordstown High School)
  • Allison Pauley, junior biology major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity Area School District)
  • Emily Rusk, junior forensic science major from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (Huntingdon Area High School)
  • Mattie Winowitch, senior journalism major from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania (Elizabeth Forward High School)
  • Patience Yobp, senior criminal justice administration major from Valencia, Pennsylvania (Mars Area High School)

Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips

To learn more about service trips, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at or 724-852-3461.