WMU-Cooley Law School BLSA Collects Needed Items For Deborah House

Read about WMU-Cooley Law School's Grand Rapids BLSA student chapter and their community outreach and support for local Deborah House. Read the Dec. 12, 2018, Legal News story below.

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA), at Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus hosted its first supply drive for the Deborah House.

In association with Kingdom Life Ministries Community Development Corporation, The Deborah House is a charitable initiative providing outreach and support for single mothers and pregnant women. In addition to providing housing for single mothers with children, Deborah House offers programs to educate single mothers on how to responsibly run a household and professional networking opportunities under its Deborah Project, which began in 2011. The two locations of The Deborah House opened in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Working with an all-female staff, The Deborah House has been able to assist over 40 homeless pregnant/single women and is in the process of helping more, says Founder and Executive Director Doriane Parker-Sims on the charitable organization’s website,

In the past, WMU-Cooley Grand Rapids Campus BLSA, which has been a very active chapter, has done a number of charitable and community-driven projects, as well as holding educational sessions for students and faculty on the campus as well as the general public.

“Members of BLSA thought it would be a great idea to supply the home with cleaning supplies and other household necessities for women and children,” said Osinachi Onukogu, WMU-Cooley Grand Rapids campus BLSA vice president.

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