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Iowa State University students volunteer to help Eastern Iowa moms


About 30 Iowa State University students stepped out of their classrooms to help single moms and children in Waterloo on Saturday.

The design students are part of a collaborative effort with the House of Hope in Waterloo.

The House of Hope provides women and children a safe place to live by offering transitional housing for single moms.

"I've been in and out of places, and I'm tired of being tired," said Shellie Hare. "This is the place that puts it so that you don't have to be."

Hare is a single mom of three kids.

She said the House of Hope has allowed her to go back to school and save up money for a down payment on a home.

Hare said she was grateful for the Iowa State University students who volunteered countless hours on Saturday to work on various projects at the house.

The students spent months designing plans to improve the property, and spent Saturday implementing those plans.

"They could be grilling out! But they're here helping to make this place better, and that's awesome," she said.

The House of Hope received a $10,000 grant to cover the costs of the projects.

The grant was from the Women's Fund, a permanent endowment at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

"With this $10,000, it's just the starting investment for these women's lives and this change will make this a safe place to be..." said Black Hawk County Development Director of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Ali Parrish.

Meanwhile, faculty from Iowa State University hope their students grasp an understanding of how they can implement their skills outside of the classroom.

"They're here on their own time. This is not a class. They're not being paid to be here. They get no class credit for being here," said Tom Neppl, faculty member of the landscape and architecture program at Iowa State University.

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