Reading YMCA Housing Program Receives Generous Donation from Penske

Reading, PA The Reading YMCA’s Y Haven Program is getting women and children experiencing homelessness back on their feet thanks to a generous donation from the Penske Women’s Network.

Penske donated several items including bedding, towels, hygiene and feminine hygiene products, diapers, and wipes to create welcome kits for incoming residents.  Other items donated include home goods such as cribs, toddler beds, lamps, silverware, and board games, which will help improve their quality of life while at the Y. All donations were collected from Penske employees through a donation drive at their Green Hills location.

The Y Haven program provides a safe place for women with up to two children who are experiencing chronic homelessness. Women may stay in the program for up to two years and, during this time, work to become self-sufficient, find stable employment, develop a healthy

lifestyle, and ultimately find a permanent living arrangement. The program is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“Some women in this program come in with very little,” said Gena Pena Garcia, Director of Y Haven, “so we give them some essentials to get started until they are able to supply their own. We very blessed to have received such a kind donation from Penske and our women will be very happy.”

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The mission of the YMCA of Reading & Berks County is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. For over 160 years, we have been the heart of the community we serve. The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That is because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. The Y so much more. 

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