Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

“Our House” partners with Westfield State University public relations course to create a memorable holiday season for homeless high school and college students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2018
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Westfield—Members of the Advanced Public Relations course at Westfield State University have partnered with Domus, Inc’s “Our House” program to raise money for homeless high school and college students ages 12–24 from the greater Westfield community. Two events will be held to support “Our House”: an event at the Holyoke Mall on Saturday, December 1 and an event at Westfield State University on December 4.

“Our House for the Holidays” campaign

On Saturday, December 1 the “Our House for the Holidays” campaign will take place at the Holyoke Mall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. outside of Hobby Lobby. Westfield State students will be selling special December calendars for $10 each. The calendar describes several prizes, gift cards, and cash that may be won throughout the month of December.

According to the Mass Coalition for the Homeless, during the 2016–17 academic year, public schools across Massachusetts identified and served more than 21,000 students who were experiencing homelessness.

“Our House” is a program under Domus, Inc. in Westfield, located on Broad Street in a renovated facility that previously housed the American Red Cross. There are 10 units in the home, where supportive programs are offered to the young residents who wish to improve their goals of furthering their education and work skills, and living independently.

Domus Inc. works to provide safe, affordable, decent, and sanitary housing for the homeless, low-to-moderate income individuals and those with disabilities.

“Hands in for Our House” interactive campaign

On Tuesday, December 4 the “Hands in for Our House” interactive campaign will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lower level of Ely Student Center as well as the Wilson Hall Café at Westfield State University. Students will have the opportunity to leave a colorful hand print to show empathy or ‘like’ the “Our House” Facebook video to spread awareness regarding youth homelessness. Refreshments, including hot chocolate and doughnuts, will be available for those who participate.

For further information or monetary donations, please follow @ourhousefortheholidays on Instagram, or contact Suzanne Boniface at either or 413-478-2652.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public, co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information on Westfield State University, visit,, or


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