Western Carolina women's basketball completed a community service project at Clean Slate Coalition on Friday, September 15. Players and coaches painted a house, planted flowers and bushes, and stocked a new storage shed with tools and other equipment.
Formed in 2011, Clean Slate is a coalition of community and church leaders that seeks to establish a safe transitional housing program for women who have experienced traumatic life circumstances. The organization provides a supportive home environment, develops life skills and healthy living habits, and gives access to treatment services. Residents also enjoy enrichment activities such as reading, volunteering, yoga, and cooking.
"The community service event at Clean Slate was a great experience," said senior women's basketball player Sherae Bonner. "As a woman, I understand how helping other women in the smallest ways can have a huge impact."
"My experience with my teammates made it more memorable," admitted junior Kennedy Rushin. "Laughing and having fun made it seem like less work. Helping others is always a great feeling."
"This was a wonderful experience with my teammates," Tembre Moates added. "It felt good to give back to the community and to bless others."
Clean Slate also produces and sells its own all-natural cleaning products, and offers custodial services to local home and business owners.
"I really enjoyed helping to repair the Clean Slate home," said sophomore Lauren LaPlant. "Any kind of community service leaves me with a great feeling of satisfaction that's hard to get from anything else. Knowing that I was helping women in distress right here in Jackson County really warmed my heart. I think the repairs my teammates, coaches, and I made really helped to beautify this house. I loved being able to help this great cause."
For more info about Clean Slate, please visit www.cleanslatecoalition.org