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Homeless Children's Education Fund

Joe E. Lagaha, Founder

From the beginning of his professional life in 1960 as a science teacher in the Penn Hills School District through his retirement as Executive Director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and his consequent founding in 1999 of the 501(c)3 organization that became the Homeless Children's Education Fund, Dr. Joseph F. Lagana has understood that always all about kids, particularly children who are underserved, underrepresented, abused, neglected, and homeless.

The next step was a natural one for Joe: the creation of a nonprofit organization devoted not only to raising the general public's awareness of homelessness among children but also to engaging the region's citizenry from private individuals and community organizations to political figures, corporations, and foundations in providing direct educational support within 17 residential facilities serving families, support that compliments without duplicating the good work of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) as it meets the educational needs of these children. It was this dream that led to the building in 2000 at Womanspace East of the first of now 11 HCEF Learning Centers.

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