Student Film Links Homeless Teens And Abused Animals

By Kim Glovas

VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) – What do homeless teens, abused dogs and animal shelters have in common? “Heel’d” is a film debuting tonight on the Villanova University campus and it explains.

Steve McWilliams, Villanova communications professor, says it all started with one woman’s idea.

“This is started by a woman named Penny Ellison, it’s called Hand 2 Paw, and what they do is pair homeless youth from the Covenant House in Kensington, with the Philadelphia SPCA, particularly with abused animals.”

Sophomore Ellie Wright says the film revolves around Jerome, who was homeless two months after graduating from high school.

“He volunteered through the program and worked for and earned an internship with the PSPCA, and now he’s a full time employee, and the transformation, the film kind of takes you on with him is remarkable.”

The film will debt at 7pm at the Connelly Center on the Villanova campus.

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