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Texting Through Crisis

Texting Through Crisis

Claire Reichle, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2018

On a typical night in Walla Walla, Whitman students are typing away on their laptops. Sophomore Omar Aldahleh isn’t writing a paper or updating his status – he is texting strangers in crisis. Hailing from Redmond, Wash., Adahleh recently declared a major in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Since...

STEP Women’s Shelter closing in December

STEP Women's Shelter closing in December

Sara Platnick

October 22, 2015

The STEP Women’s Shelter is closing down at the end of the year after serving the Walla Walla community for almost six years.

Student Volunteers Aim to Create Community at STEP Shelter

Student Volunteers Aim to Create Community at STEP Shelter

Isabel Mills

November 21, 2013

Four years ago, there was not a place for single women in need of shelter to go in Walla Walla. The local women's STEP shelter has since changed that. "Before, there was the YWCA domestic violence center, and then there was the Christian aid shelter directed towards men and families. It was seen that...

Community Fellow program tries to break the bubble

Emily Lin-Jones

September 6, 2012

The Student Engagement Center (SEC) will kick off its new Community Fellow program this month, pairing eight upper-level Whitman students with local organizations to engage in community development and related projects for the full academic year. According to Assistant Dean for Student Engagement Noah Leavitt, the...

Nowhere to go: Homeless youth in Walla Walla have few resources available

Patricia Vanderbilt

February 9, 2012

"Sometimes I go by it, and I'll remember it and I'm like, I don't ever want to go back there." When Kirsten Ratliff passes by the Christian Aid Center on Birch Street, she recalls the months during her adolescence when the building was her only home. At age 11, Ratliff and her family lost their hou...

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