Campus Residence Halls Refurbishing Leads to Large-Scale Recycling

June 10, 2013

Workers from Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco County, Catholic Charities, and Saint Leo University students worked recently to move furniture donations out of two Saint Leo residence halls so that the nonprofits could put the items to good use.

The university is updating its furniture within Henderson and Benoit halls at University Campus, and although administrators were able to reuse some of the furniture elsewhere on campus, scores of usable desks, beds, dressers, and chairs became surplus items. Rather than disposing of durable items, the university sought new homes for them. Catholic Charities (of the Diocese of St. Petersburg) particularly needed mattresses and bed frames for housing it provides in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, and Habitat was able to accept a broad range of goods.

This was the second outreach of this type from Saint Leo. In 2012, the university upgraded furnishings in two other halls, Roderick and Alumni halls, and was able to donate surplus items from that project to local families in need through a collaboration with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Pasco County Housing Authority.

University Campus is located at 33701 State Road 52 in the east Pasco County town of Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).

Media: For more information, contact Jo-Ann Johnston, Saint Leo media coordinator, at (352) 588-8237, (352) 467-0843 (cell) or by email at jo-ann.johnston@saintleo.edu.