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 SRU I Care House in New Castle Ready for April 17-24 Dedication 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:



              SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Seven years in the making, the I Care House on New Castle’s east side, is a Slippery Rock University Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership and community project now serving residents with adult and children’s programming that is making a difference in the life of the neighborhood.

           The institute will observe a weeklong celebration April 17-24 to showcase the house and nearby I Care Community Garden while saluting those who made the project possible and spotlighting the facility’s on-going activities at 602 Court St., New Castle.

          Festivities open with an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. workday April 17 at the house where summer gardens will be prepared and small house repairs made. On April 19 “Senior Appreciation Day” will be observed at the house at 11 a.m. allowing senior citizens to express their thoughts on what the house means to them. On April 20 and April 22, SRU students will celebrate the project’s success with an on-campus “Be A Kid Again” event outside Bailey Library.

            A 6:30 p.m. April 21 reception in the University Union is titled “Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Rock” and will honor those high school and college students who have volunteered their time to make a difference.

           Events for April 22 include a 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Partner Appreciation Day” at the house and a 5:30 p.m. event for those who have sponsored and donated to the house project. “Youth Night at the I Care House” is set for 5:30 p.m. April 23 allowing youth in the neighborhood to talk about their future and what the house means to them. A movie and snacks will follow.

           The official opening, set for 1:30 p.m. April will include dedication of Ebony Hall, the home’s hallway being named in honor of the late  Ebony Scott, one of the institute’s first AmeriCorps members who was instrumental in promoting the idea of a community center in New Castle. A carnival for children and area families will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the house and garden followed by a 5 p.m. reception for SRU students who kept the I Care House dream alive and brought it to fruition.

           Those planning to attend any of the I CARE House dedication week events are asked to call the institute at  724-738-2273.

           The house concept was first proposed in 1997 by SRU students who were tutoring children on New Castle’s east side. The Court Street property was purchased with funds from the city of New Castle and is in the process of becoming an independent nonprofit organization officially called “The I Care House and Community Development Corp.” The organization is dedicated to making community-identified social changes that enhance the quality of life of local residents, engage students and faculty in community-based learning and encourage a civil society. The two-story house is used as a neighborhood gathering place for senior citizen luncheons, craft sessions and after-school programs for area youngsters.

           The project has been spearheaded by Alice Kaiser-Drobney, assistant professor of department of political science and director of the institute.

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