Food Truck Rally in the Valley: helping homeless in the community

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In State College Centre House is one of six programs with Housing Transitions.

A non-profit that helps people who are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless.

Jennifer Stahl, Shelter Manager for Centre House, said they help people who are experiencing a personal crisis.

Centre House can accommodate up to 13 people, including families.

It offers basic needs like food, hot water, and toiletries for free.

But Morgan Wasikonis, Exec. Dir., of Housing Transitions, said it’s not just a handout.

“They’re definitely working hard while they’re here,” Wasikonis said.

She said tenants usually have a job and are actively working with counselors and case managers to get back on their feet.

A process Stahl said can get stressful.

“Getting your life back together and doing all the things you need to do is overwhelming,” Stahl said.

It’s also taxing for the program.

Centre House houses about 70 people a year and assists nearly 2,000.

The program needs about $27,000 a year to function.

So they created Food Truck Rally in the Valley.

On Sunday from 12-3 local food trucks, including World’s Fare, will create meals on wheels and donate some of their proceeds.

They will park along the 200 block of Allen St.

Michael Marx, Owner of World’s Fare Food Truck, said it’s a fun event for a good cause.

“This one has just an immediate direct impact on the folks that really need that kind of support,” Marx said.

For Marx it’s also personal.

In the 1980s his father in-law, Cal Shields, actually co-founded Housing Transitions.

“That was his way I think of giving back to folks that clearly needed the most,” Marx said.

With each customer he serves, Wasikonis said they’re helping out a neighbor in need.

“They’re saying yes, you’re welcome here, we want to see you do well, we want to see you succeed just like the rest of us,” Wasikonis said.

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