The Bridging the Gap theme house, established for the 2011-2012 academic year, spent the year participating in activities in the Geneva community in an effort to better integrate the City and Colleges communities. There were 14 women living in the house, located on 593 South Main Street.
According to Maggie Manko ’14, the Bridging the Gap house manager, the residents’ goal is to unite “HWS and the community of Geneva.”
To that end, they participated in the neighborhood cleanup day on Cortland Street, working with peers and residents in Geneva; helped spread the word about the Downtown Shopping Event, and completed three Days of Service. The women also judged Halloween costumes at DeSales High School after Geneva’s annual Halloween Parade, handed out apple cider donuts and apple cider at the Odell’s Trick-or-Treat event, and collected bottles and cans throughout the semester for the DeSales High Bottle and Can Drive. The house members also plan to become involved in the first-year Orientation in the fall, since their house was accepted for another year.
The house members are very interested in getting the HWS students involved with the Geneva community by providing students with information about local businesses in downtown Geneva.
“We are hoping this will encourage students to spend more time in the community and to get to know the citizens of Geneva,” explains Manko.