At Regis, we welcome all without distinction and strive to support members of our community who need help academically, emotionally, and financially. With the loving help and generosity of our entire community, the university started the Dear Neighbor Fund in 2010.

We recognize the tremendous impact the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on the lives of members of the Regis community. We are especially concerned about:

  • Housing insecurity (students who may be homeless, “couch surfing”, or have a difficult living situation that is significantly impacting their academic progression)
  • Food insecurity (students who don’t have consistent access to enough food to lead a healthy and active life)
  • Access to technology (students who don’t have reliable internet access or a laptop or tablet that meets our device requirements)

The Dear Neighbor Fund is available for undergraduate and graduate students who are in personal or financial crisis and need our support. This support may come in the form of a laptop, assistance in purchasing textbooks, help with transportation to clinical or internship.

Individuals who could benefit from the Fund should complete a short application, which will be reviewed weekly by the Dear Neighbor Fund Committee.

Note: The Dear Neighbor Fund is funded entirely through donations and fundraising from Regis community members and friends. The information that we gather in the application will remain private and will only be used by the Dear Neighbor Fund Committee in an effort to distribute equitably the funds available. Due to demand at this time, the maximum award is approximately $500.

For support or resources, please contact the Office of Student Affairs via email.

Partners and Contributor Include:

Created in the honor of former Vice President of Student Affairs Lynn Tripp Coleman '77, the Dear Neighbor Fund provides specialized support to Regis students in need through the following programs:

  • The Hospitality Center

    University members who struggle with food insecurity can receive help through this program that distributes healthy, non-perishable foods in a discrete, welcoming space.

    How Does It Work?

    Participants can choose from a variety of healthy, non-perishable foods and personal care products to help meet their needs. Participants may visit the Hospitality Center as many times as needed. We welcome participants to suggest items that they lack, we always do our best to stock the Hospitality Center with items suggested.

    If you would like to access the Hospitality Center, please contact Dan Leahy for more information.

    Location

    The center is located in a private room behind the Peace Room in Room 1 of St. Joseph Hall.

    Days And Times Of Operation

    During the 2020 fall semester, the Hospitality Center will operate remotely for community members who reside off campus. For more information, please email Dan Leahy.

    Community members who reside on-campus can access the Hospitality Center using the following schedule or by appointment:

    • Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    For access, please email Dan Leahy.

    How Can You Help?

    Food insecurity is a serious, ongoing issue for members of our university community, and for people worldwide. There will always be a need for donations and financial assistance so the center can maintain operations.

    Members of the university interested in helping can make a financial donation to the Dear Neighbor Fund or deliver non-perishable food and personal care items to the center by contacting Chanelle Garcia or visiting the Center for Ministry and Service in St. Joseph Hall Room 4.

    There are also bins at the following locations around campus: the university library, Student Affairs, and the Regis Children’s Center.

    Items welcomed for donation include shower caps, q-tips, cereal, eating utensils, cheese, seasoning, sugar, water and other bottled beverages, rice, and condiments.

  • The Housing Program

    At certain times during the year, particularly the holidays and summer break, Regis may offer conditional housing to students who are unable to go home for a variety of reasons.

    How Does It Work?

    Students who participate in this program complete a short application. As part of the application, the students explain how the housing will support them in their academic endeavors and allow them to continue to embrace the Regis mission. Students must also demonstrate that they have established a payment plan for their Regis tuition in order to be eligible for this program.

    How Can You Help?

    The program is supported by the Dear Neighbor Fund and participating students also find assistance through the Hospitality Center.

    Contact

    For more information and an application, please contact Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Conduct Officer, Director of Residence Life, Bridget Buoniconti.