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Students raise funds for homeless shelter

Submitted photo From left are Sofia Triplett, EHS student body president; Paula Mullenex, shelter worker; Alyssa Severino, EHS SGA community service chairperson; and Tyler Chewning, EHS student body vice-president.

ELKINS — Sofia Triplett, Alyssa Severino and Tyler Chewning, members of the Elkins High School Student Government Association, presented Paula Mullenex, a shelter worker with the Randolph County Homeless Shelter, a check for $1985.50 Nov. 25.

These funds were raised during the Oct. 19 Walk/Runathon. Participants of the walkathon included two community members and approximately 30 Elkins High School students. Participants were able to collect flat donations and donations per lap completed during the walkathon.

Severino presented the idea of hosting a walkathon to raise money for the Randolph County Homeless Shelter at the beginning of the school year. Severino serves at the chairperson for the Community Service committee within Student Government Association.

The Randolph County Homeless Shelter houses a maximum of 15 clients at once, for a range of two weeks up to 45 days. During their stay, a client is assisted with enrolling and completing documentation for Housing and Urban Development, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Work Force West Virginia to aid in the client’s transition from homelessness to homeless recovery.

The Randolph County Homeless Shelter accepts monetary, food, clothing and living donations year-round. Currently, the shelter is in need of any used or new winter apparel, such as winter coats, gloves, hats and blankets to provide to those who are and are not housed at the shelter.