Girls Hope would like to thank our long-time partner, CentiMark, for their generosity throughout the years!
CentiMark Corporation/ CentiMark Foundation was introduced to Girls Hope through our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph. Kathy Slencak,
CentiMark’s Manager of Public Relations (and dedicated volunteer/ mentor) said there was a strong connection between herself and the scholars the first time she visited our residential homes.
“It felt like such a family,” said Kathy. “The energy in the house was electric and very positive. That’s when I also decided to get involved personally as a volunteer.”
CentiMark has shown their kindness to Girls Hope in a number of ways. This fall, the corporation has not only sponsored a table at our 25th Anniversary Gala, but they’ve also generously donated Target and Famous Footwear gift cards to each of our scholars, ensuring that they start the school year ready to learn with comfortable shoes to keep their feet warm and a backpack full of school supplies.
“CentiMark is proud to donate to Girls Hope, because the program works for so many of the scholars,” Kathy said. “Through the structure and support of the Girls Hope family and their own families, good schools, and employment opportunities, these scholars can successfully take the steps from poverty to stability.”
Kathy was so moved by the work that Girls Hope does that she, herself, became involved with our organization.
“I am a long-time mentor to a scholar who will be graduating,” Kathy said. “She and I have so much in common in that we love to read, learn new things, and explore the western Pennsylvania area.”
Kathy and her mentee have enjoyed trips to the opera, sports games, tea parties at the Inn on Negley, and Christmas choir walks in Oakmont, as well as a variety of other outings; opportunities that her mentee may have never got to experience otherwise.
In addition to serving as a mentor, Kathy also coordinates a monthly book club for the scholars – an opportunity to discuss good books and catch up over pizza.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank CentiMark, and Kathy, for the lasting and positive impact they make on our scholars.