As part of the USM Founders’ Day Celebration, the University of Saint Mary Mission Council will be sponsoring a donation drive that will give to those in need at the Shelter of Hope which is located in Leavenworth. The donation drive will start Monday, November 5 and will go until Friday, November 16.

“One of the great things about Founders’ Day is the opportunity to think beyond ourselves like the sisters did when they came to a new land,” Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias, Liberal Arts and Humanities Division Chair said.

The shelter is in high need of granola bars and gloves or mittens. Other items that are needed include; hand warmers, hair brushes, combs, hair ties, headbands, Kleenex, travel-size deodorant, and travel-size Kleenex. Cash donations are also welcome, and cash can be dropped off at Campus Ministry.

There will be three different locations where student and faculty can drop off their donations. The Campus Ministry, DPT Office, and the Keleher Learning Commons will have designated areas for donations.

“Every year we try to have some kind of collection that moves us beyond what we need and think about what others need,” Dr. Zacharias said. The Shelter of Hope came together when the community worked together to build it and the community still keeps it going.

According to, “The Shelter of Hope provides a safe, secure place to sleep for individuals and families in our community who are experiencing homelessness.” They offer free housing that requires no reservation and no fees to those in need.


For more information about The Shelter of Hope:


311 Kiowa, Leavenworth, KS 66048

Kaila Trowbridge is a junior at the University of Saint Mary and is studying Digital Communications.