04/26/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Family Takes In Homeless Teen After Reading Article

An astounding act of generosity and hope has changed the lives of one Pequea, Penn., family. Paula Dussinger opened her newspaper on an early morning last March, and read a story about homeless teenagers living at a nearby rescue mission in Lancaster County.

According to the Intelligencer Journal, Dussinger read the article a dozen times, and finally decided that she had to take action. After consulting her husband, she called the mission, and within weeks she met Allison Rossi, a girl profiled in the story. Rossi soon moved into the Dussinger home -- and the result has changed both of their lives.

From the Intelligencer Journal:

It's nearly one year later. Allison is 18 and a freshman at Shippensburg University. She'll turn 19 in May.

Allison made the dean's list her first semester, and she's forging new friendships on campus. She is an avid photographer. She has a boyfriend.

She's going through the pledging process for the co-ed professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. Her life seems typical for young college students.