A private donor has donated $6.3 million dollars to restore and add on to a historic House located on the campus of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The house was once a part of a seperate property but later became a part of the university. Inside, there isn’t much left. A few years ago staff with Greener Behrend, an environmental program on campus, were looking for a way to bring new life to this building. Now that purpose is clear. Once the work on the building is complete, the C.O.R.E. program, which works with Youth throughout the region, will move in. They currently work out of a small altered home on Jordan Road.
Ralph Ford, Chancellor of Penn State Behrend says “Our students work in C.O.R.E., they go out into the community and they’re working on very difficult problem to solve like teen pregnancy.”
James Hodge, the Director of C.O.R.E adds, “[It’s], kind of believing what we’re trying to do – trying to improve the lives of youth in our community. It motivates us to come to work and do the things that we do. It just really means a lot.”
Both Hodge and Ford agree that a donation of this size is a testament to the work both the University and C.O.R.E.