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A new place for parents

Portland State’s services for students with children have expanded with a bigger space, a new coordinator and a new name: the Resource Center for Students with Children.
 
The center, formerly called Student Parent Services, moved in July from one small room on the first floor of Smith Memorial Student Union to three rooms on the fourth floor. Now there’s a student lounge with study space, play area, clothing closet, microwave and fridge, as well as staff support for students with children. 
 
“We’re really in a growth phase and looking at the needs of students and what we can do for them,” said Lisa Wittorff, the center’s new coordinator. She estimates that more than one-fifth of PSU students have children. 
 
The center provides child-care assistance, emergency loans, a lending library and individual consultation. Wittorff also plans to start support groups and offer more family activities such as a trip to the Portland Art Museum on Nov. 4. 
 
Time management is the biggest challenge for art therapy major Damon Faust. His course work often cuts into time at home with his wife, Abbie, and their 21-month-old daughter, Henrietta Sue. But he can connect with them on campus at the center.
 
“It lets parents know they are not alone and offers extra space where we can go and not feel judged or out of place,” he said.

 

Resource Center for
Students with Children

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 462
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Pictured: Damon and Abbie Faust play with their daughter, Henrietta Sue, 21 months, and their friends’ son, Soren, 6 months, in the new Resource Center for Students with Children.