|Beaver Falls, PA|
BEAVER FALLS, PA
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, is situated 31 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Once a booming steel town, the community experienced economic malaise due to the area’s decline in natural resources and inability to continue steel production.
When factories closed their doors in the mid-1980s, local business collapsed and hundreds of residents left to find work elsewhere. Longtime Beaver Falls residents have watched their community fall to drugs, crimes, sexual exploitation and poverty. Grand Queen Anne homes have fallen into disrepair along Beaver Falls streets and vacant storefronts line the downtown.
Geneva College, established in 1848, is located in the College Hill neighborhood on the north side of the city. Tiger Pause was birthed by a group of Geneva students and faculty in 1988 and the college continues to be heavily involved in Tiger Pause programs and activities. Each week, about 35 Geneva students serve as tutors at three after-school program sites.