News Releases

CAADC Running Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites

Upper Chichester, PA - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is operating free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites for a thirteenth year.  This year CAADC will be hosting four sites serving low- and moderate-income families in Delaware County.  All the sites will be staffed by IRS trained and certified community volunteers and will aim to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.  Last year CAADC assisted nearly 900 households with completing their taxes.  The free sites will be located at the Wesley House at 701 Madison Street in Chester, PA 19013; Sharon Hill Commons at 401 Sharon Avenue in Sharon Hill, PA 19079; the Boothwyn Office, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061; and at St. Alice Church, 150 Hampden Road, Upper Darby, PA 19082.

The sites begin operation on January 26th and will continue through April 15th.  All sites are by appointment only with hours occurring Monday through Saturday (days and hours vary at each site).  To schedule an appointment please call (610) 833-4455. 

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MLK Day “Hoops from the Heart” Benefits CAADC

Basketball players across the county will drive to the hoop on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to raise funds and food donations for the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc., the county’s anti-poverty agency that helps families and individuals to move toward self-sufficiency.
Called “Hoops From the Heart,” the MLK Day of Service initiative was started in early 2001 and has since raised over $100,000 for Community Action Agency (CAADC) programs that serve low-income residents in Delaware County.
Four basketball clinics will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Jan. 21st, at Cabrini College in Radnor, Haverford College in Haverford, Neumann University in Aston, and Widener University in Chester.
The clinics, open to boys and girls in grades one through eight, will cover all aspects of fundamental play. Each player will get a complimentary T-shirt.  Cost for the clinic ranges from $20 - $30, depending on which school is hosting the clinic. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, which provides services to needy families in our own communities. 
The athletic staff at each school will conduct the clinics.  Bobbi Morgan, the women’s basketball coach at Haverford College, was one of the people who created the Hoops from the Heart program.
All proceeds raised benefit CAADC programs, which include emergency housing, social services, employment training and life skills training. In addition to operating shelters and daycare facilities for individuals and families, the CAADC also provides many vital services including welfare-to-work programs, and food and fuel assistance. 
In addition, each athlete is asked to donate a non-perishable food item that will go to the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, one of CAADC’s emergency housing programs. The Life Center is located at 63rd and Market streets, Upper Darby, and houses 50 homeless individuals and serves over 150 residents each year.  The Life Center also operates a feeding program that serves 200 - 250 people daily.
For information about the 18th Annual “Hoops From the Heart” event, contact Gail King at CAADC at (610) 874-8451. 
To register, online forms are available at each school’s website, or by calling:
- Haverford College/Haverford Recreation Dept.: 610.446.9397 (Coach Bobbi Morgan)
- Neumann University: 484.840.4711 (Athletic Director Chuck Sack)
- Widener University: 610.499.4476 (Coach Alisa Kintner)
- Cabrini College: 610.902.1016 (Coach Kate Pearson)

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M&T Bank Supports Community Action Agency

Upper Chichester - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $7,500 donation from M&T Bank.  This donation will support CAADC’s financial literacy initiatives including providing economically disadvantaged families with money management training and free tax assistance.  Last year CAADC helped nearly 900 households with free tax assistance thanks to the support of M&T Bank.  CAADC has an overall mission to help families reach self-sufficiency and this grant will help needy families from Delaware County to reach that goal.  Mr. Coleman stated, “We really appreciate the support of M&T Bank and its commitment to helping low-income families in Delaware County.  This generous donation shows how much M&T Bank truly cares about its community.” 

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Letter to the Editor - Remembering the Less Fortunate During the Holidays

To The Editor,
There were many families and seniors in need during the recent Thanksgiving holiday.  Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), a local non-profit social service organization, helped many Delaware County residents that would not have had a Thanksgiving meal if not for our assistance and other community support.  Many local businesses, churches, synagogues, mosques, schools and individuals donated food and money to help assure that these families were fed during the holiday and we really appreciate the help.  CAADC was able to provide 200 turkeys and all the fixings to local households.  In addition, our Feeding Program at the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County provided 350 dinners to homeless and economically disadvantaged residents on Thanksgiving Day. 

It is important to remember the challenges faced by the needy during the holidays and throughout the year.  For instance, while we were celebrating the Thanksgiving holidays with family and friends many families and senior citizens in our region spent the holiday without an operable heating system in their homes.  CAADC operates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis Program.  LIHEAP provides Crisis grants for households that are in immediate danger of being without heat.  This program is funded and administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Our Agency administers the LIHEAP Crisis program in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.  The program opened on November 1st and to date we have received 158 requests for assistance with heater repair or replacement.  In Delaware County alone 72 requests have been received from residents with no heat. 

CAADC also administers the federally funded Weatherization Program.  The Weatherization Program provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans.  The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications such as insulation and weather stripping and caulking.  Funding for this program is provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  This year alone CAADC has provided Weatherization services to over 518 families and senior citizens in the region.

As temperatures continue to plummet, the need for these services will increase exponentially. 

In addition, as Christmas approaches we are preparing to provide for an estimated 1,500 children in Delaware County.  This effort is made possible through the generosity of local business that have toy barrels for donations, schools that collect gifts, our adopt-a-family program, churches, synagogues, mosques, private individual donations, etc.  It is truly a community effort that allows us to keep the holidays special for so many children that may be homeless, residing in a transitional housing program or are from a family facing financial difficulties.  In addition, many children are those residing with grandparents. 

During this season of joy and celebration it is important to continue to remember our less fortunate neighbors.  We would again like to thank all who contribute their time and resources to make the holidays a little brighter for those who find themselves in difficult times.           

We also encourage others from the community to support these efforts during the holidays and throughout the year.  We would not be able to accomplish all that we do without the support of generous Delaware County residents, business, churches, mosques, synagogues, schools and organizations.  Please contact us at (610) 833-4442 with any questions or if you would like to help. 

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.

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Toy Drop-Off Locations for Homeless Children

Upper Chichester - The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is conducting a Holiday Toy Drive for over 1,000 needy children including from their shelter and transitional housing facilities.  CAADC is collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 19th to be distributed to the homeless children.  The following local businesses have generously agreed to serve as drop-off locations for toy donations:

CAADC at its Boothwyn Office, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061
The Coffee Station, 1 Kedron Avenue, Morton, PA 19070
The Coffee Station, 3518 Foulk Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061
Crozer-Keystone at Broomall, 30 Lawrence Road, Broomall: Inside Main Entrance
Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Haverford, 2010 West Chester Pike #212, Havertown: Main Lobby
Crozer-Keystone Medical Center, One Medical Center Boulevard, Upland: POB Lobby and North Lobby
Crozer Medical Center at Brinton Lake, 30 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Delaware County Memorial Hospital, 501 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Delaware Co. Office of Services for the Aging, 206 Eddystone Ave., Eddystone, PA 19022
Drexel Hill Medical Associates, 5030 State Road, Suite 2-400, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Glenolden Library, 211 S. Llanwellyn Ave., Glenolden, PA 19036
Healthplex Sports Club, 194 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA 19064
Hope United Methodist Church, 1108 Steel Road, Havertown, PA 19083
Interstate Auto Electric Incorporated, 2545 Market Street, Aston, PA 19014
Media Imaging, 200 E. State Street, Suite #200, Media, PA 19063
Media-Upper Providence Library, 1 East Front Street, Media, PA 19063
Norwood Library, 513 Welcome Ave., Norwood, PA
Prospect Park Library, 720 Maryland Ave., Prospect Park, PA 19076
REMAX, 831 N. Providence Rd., Media, PA 19063
Riviera at Concord, 2 Kerlin Court, Garnet Valley, PA 19061
Sharon Savings Bank - Aston, 4956 Pennell Rd., Aston, PA 19014
Sharon Savings Bank - Darby, 9 Chester Pike, Darby, PA 19023
Sharon Savings Bank - Springfield, 5 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, PA 19064
Springfield Hospital, 190 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064
Taylor Hospital, 175 East Chester Pike, Ridley Park, PA 19078
Tech Park, 1450 Edgmont Ave., Chester, PA 19013 - Main Lobby
Tinicum Memorial Public Library, 620 Seneca Street, Essington, PA 19029
Vinnie’s Place, 110 S. Edgmont Ave., Media, PA 19063

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WSFS Bank Supports Community Action Agency

Upper Chichester - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $3,500 donation from WSFS Bank.  This donation will support CAADC’s efforts assisting low- and moderate-income families, individuals and communities with case management services, financial literacy initiatives, life skills training, employment training, housing and community and economic development.  CAADC has an overall mission to help families reach self-sufficiency and this grant will help needy families from Delaware County to reach that goal.  Mr. Coleman stated, “We appreciate this generous support from WSFS Bank.  This donation shows that they truly care about the communities in which they operate.” 

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PA Wounded Warriors Honored with CAA Community Support Award

Upper Chichester - Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. was recently honored with the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Community Support Award at CAADC’s 39th Annual Meeting.  Wounded Warriors has assisted CAADC with keeping Veterans stably housed through CAADC’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) initiative and other programs.  Wounded Warriors was presented the award “in recognition of their outstanding dedication and community support to the residents of Delaware County.”

Picture:  CAADC’s Community Support Award was presented to the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. at CAADC’s 39th Annual Meeting.  l-r: Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer for CAADC, Army Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Weith, Vice President of the PA Wounded Warriors Board, and John P. DiEnna, Jr., Secretary and Treasurer of CAADC’s Board of Directors. 

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Letter to the Editor - Honoring and Supporting our Veterans

To The Editor,

Each November we recognize our Veterans for their service to our country.  It is important that we continue to reflect on the service these American heroes have provided to our country and make sure that we continue to support them when they are home.  For instance, one day earlier this fall, Robert walked into our building in Boothwyn, tired and fairly dirty, and asked for help.  Robert is a military Veteran who had been living in a tent in Chester and as the weather started to turn colder, his pride ebbed away.  After a brief pre-screening for eligibility, he was turned over to our Veterans’ specialists in the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.  Later that same day, Robert was able to sleep in a clean, warm hotel room and we helped to put his fears to rest.

At the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), we proactively and rapidly rehouse Veterans to give them stability and a path forward.  Robert is now on his way to securing permanent housing through the help of Case Managers at CAADC who coordinate supportive services.  These services include not only help through the Veterans Administration but also other County and State resources that assist homeless Veterans and their families.  On a case-by-case basis, we bring together any services that the Veteran may need including referrals to permanent housing, health care, substance abuse support, public assistance, personal financial planning, legal assistance, child care, transportation and employment.  We also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veterans’ families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.

Utilizing a the housing first model, CAADC assisted over 100 homeless Veterans last year with emergency shelter, housing referrals, assistance applications and coordinated services. This work has effectively ended Veteran homelessness in Delaware County.  Through a VA-funded grant, the SSVF program, “plays a critical role helping communities build and sustain capacity to prevent a recurrence in Veteran homelessness. Through its unique blend of rapid re-housing and prevention capabilities, SSVF grantees are able to tailor services that meet the specific needs of the community they serve.”

As Americans, it is the least we can do to give back to those who have given so much for this country, for our freedom and for the liberty we all enjoy.  We are proud to be able to serve these Veterans who have given so much for us!

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.

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Volunteers Needed for Free Community Tax Sites

Upper Chichester - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is seeking volunteers for its free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.  CAADC is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic individuals who would like to serve their community by helping low- and moderate income families in Delaware County complete their taxes.  Positions include volunteer schedulers, screeners, greeters, tax preparers and quality reviewers.  No experience is necessary as training, IRS-certification and resources will be provided.  The Agency will be operating sites in Boothwyn, Upper Darby, Sharon Hill and Chester.  Last year CAADC helped nearly 900 families.  Volunteers should be able to commit to at least one 4-hour shift a week during the tax season (late January – April 15th).  For more information please contact Patty Haynes at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (610) 833-4455. 

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New Veteran Employment Program

Upper Chichester - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) was recently funded for a new Veteran Employment Program.  The goal of the program is to assist unemployed and under-employed Veterans with securing employment with career pathway opportunities.  Elements of the program include skills assessments, job readiness instruction, resume building, development of an individualized employment plan, opportunities for additional free training, connection to employers who want to hire Veterans, etc.  The program can last up to 24 weeks or until the Veteran secures employment.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “We look forward to assisting these Veterans who have already given so much to our country.  This is a great opportunity that can really help them to secure lasting employment.”

For more information or to submit an application please contact Lenore Hackenyos at CAADC at (610) 874-8451. This program is funded through the Delaware County Workforce Development Board and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. 

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CAA Now Accepting Applications for Lead Paint Hazard Control Program

Upper Chichester - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program.  In this program, qualifying families who have a child age 5 or under may qualify for new windows and other repairs to help remediate lead paint hazards. Once an application is received, CAADC staff meets with the applicant to explain the program in detail and discuss the hazard of lead-based paint in the home.  Next, a lead audit is performed by a licensed firm. A report is prepared showing where lead paint exists in the home.  CAADC then prepares a Scope of Work detailing the steps that will be taken to remove or reduce the lead to acceptable levels.  This may include replacing doors and windows, installing new drywall, replacing trim and moldings, etc.  When the renovations are complete, another lead audit is performed to be sure that all lead has been removed or reduced to acceptable levels.  A copy of the final report, along with educational materials relating to lead hazards, is then given to the family.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make your home safer and keep your children healthy.”

To qualify, applicants must:

1. Meet certain income guidelines
2. Have a child age 5 or under at the time of application
3. Be a homeowner (renters are not eligible at this time), and
4. Be a resident of Delaware County (not all communities are eligible).

For more information or to receive an application, call 610.833.4442. This program is funded by the Delaware County Office of Housing and Community Development and Lawrence County Community Action Partnership.

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October is National Weatherization Month

Upper Chichester - October is National Weatherization Month.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans.  As the cold weather approaches, most families across the country are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures.  For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option.  These families pay 16.3% or more of their annual incomes for energy compared to 3.5% for others.  However, Weatherization can help low-income families save an average of $283 per year. The Weatherization Program is available to help make low-income households more energy efficient. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program was signed into law over 40 years ago by President Gerald Ford.  Since then the Weatherization Assistance Program has been an incredibly successful federal, state and local partnership that serves every county in the U.S. and five U.S. territories.  The Weatherization Assistance Program serves single family, multifamily and manufactured housing.  Every dollar invested in the program returns over $4 to society in energy, health and safety benefits. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program in Delaware County is administered by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC).  The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications.  Last year CAADC provided Weatherization services to 110 homes.  CAADC also provides Weatherization services in Lebanon, Chester and Lancaster Counties.  All services are free of charge.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make a real tangible difference immediately to those already on a strained budget and continue to help them in the future.  This is an excellent time to call and get fast service before winter arrives and the program gets very busy.”

Funding for this program is provided by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.  Income guidelines do apply.  To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770.

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County Weatherization Office has Moved

Upper Chichester - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Weatherization Assistance Program has moved to CAADC’s Boothwyn Office.  The Weatherization Assistance Program was previously in Essington but now joins CAADC’s Administrative Offices and Social Services Program at 1414 Meetinghouse Road in Boothwyn, PA 19061.  CAADC is creating a One Stop Shop of available social services for low-income families in Delaware County.  Consolidating its programs will allow CAADC to more efficiently and effectively serve its clients.

The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to help low-income families permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications.  The program can help reduce heating bills by 20-30%.  All services are free of charge.  Residents in need of Weatherization can call (610) 521-8770.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make a real tangible difference immediately to those already on a strained budget and continue to help them in the future.  This is an excellent time to call and get fast service before winter arrives and the program gets very busy.”

Funding for this program is provided by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.  Income guidelines do apply.  To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770.

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Congregation Ohev Shalom Supports CAADC

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) received a grant of $4,300 from Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford.  The grant will be used to support CAADC’s Recreation Therapy Program. 

The Recreation Therapy Program’s objective is to design and implement activities and strategies targeted to break the potential generational cycle of homelessness.  Program components include a Recreation Therapist, assessment and therapy, After School Tutoring Program, After Camp program, Parent-Child Programs and special events.  The program is based out of CAADC’s Family Management Center, a homeless shelter for families, located in Chester. 

Edward T. Coleman, CAADC CEO, stated “Congregation Ohev Shalom is an extremely caring congregation that supports us in so many ways.  We are very thankful for their support of our Recreation Therapy Program which will continue to help homeless families and their children.” 

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Genuardi Family Foundation Supports Community Action Agency

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a grant of $3,000 from the Genuardi Family Foundation.  The grant will be used to support CAADC’s Case Management Program.  CAADC provides case management services as part of its three homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, workforce development programs, Veteran programs and for families facing a housing crisis.  Mr. Coleman stated, “We truly appreciate the continued support of the Genuardi Family Foundation.  They really care about our community and have helped many families stabilize their housing situations and move towards self-sufficiency.”

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has been Delaware County’s designated anti-poverty agency since 1979. The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals.  The Agency’s website is http://www.caadc.org and can be reached at (610) 833-4442.

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Help Available for Veterans Facing a Housing Crisis

Boothwyn, PA - Help is available in Delaware County for Veterans facing a housing crisis.  Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) and the Salvation Army (SA) continue to partner for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.  The goal of the SSVF Program is to provide supportive services to low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.  The program provides eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits.  In addition, the program may also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g. landlords, utility companies, etc.) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis. 

Since the SSVF program began CAADC and the SA have enrolled over 400 Veteran families, provided financial assistance to over 300 families and 255 families have successfully exited to stable housing.

Income eligibility guidelines do apply.  Veterans needing assistance can call CAADC at (610) 874-8451.

This program is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of CAADC and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. 

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Community Action Agency Named Top Workplace 2018

Boothwyn - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) was selected as one of “The Top Workplaces 2018” for the Philadelphia Region.  This is the eighth year that CAADC has appeared on the list. 

CAADC was chosen by Philly.com based on their survey of current employees.  The goal was to uncover the best employers in the Philadelphia region from the workers’ point of view.  Over 36,000 employees were surveyed by Energage of Exton to compile this list.  Employees completed an anonymous survey rating organizational health factors that measure how well employees are working toward a common cause.  The employee survey covered seven areas including Alignment, Effectiveness, Connection, My Manager, Employee Engagement, Leader and The Basics.  Only 125 local businesses were selected for this impressive list that covered public, private, nonprofit or governmental employers with headquarters or major operations in the region. 

CAADC was selected as a winner in the Small Companies category and was recognized in a special section on Philly.com.  Edward T. Coleman, CEO of CAADC, stated “While our ultimate mission is to help low-income families reach self-sufficiency, we also strive to foster a work environment that is rewarding, uplifting, engaging and supportive.  This award is gratifying to receive as we have succeeded with reaching the objective of being a top local place to work.  It is great to see our employees acknowledge our efforts.”  The full posting can be found at: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/workplaces/.

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Top Shelter Chef Contest Raises Over $13,000 for CAADC Shelters

Boothwyn - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the 6th Annual Top Shelter Chef Contest raised over $13,000 for Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) homeless shelters.  This unique and fun event was held on April 28th at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Darby.  Four groups from the community that serve dinners to homeless individuals at the Life Center Feeding Program provided samples to all attendees and vied to be named the Top Shelter Chef 2018. 

The shelters that will benefit include the Wesley House, Family Management Center and the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County.  The four community groups that participated included St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, and Temple Lutheran Church in Havertown.  In a close vote by the attendees Temple Lutheran Church was declared the winner.     

If you would like to support the homeless families and individuals in Delaware County please makes checks payable to Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. and mail to Save Our Shelters (S.O.S.) Campaign, c/o CAADC, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061.  You may also go on the CAADC website at http://www.caadc.org and click on the Donate button.

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Community Action Agency Receives Award from Congregation Beth Israel

Boothwyn - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) was recently honored by receiving the 2018 “Friend of the Community Award” from Congregation Beth Israel.  As part of its commitment to “Tikkum Olam,” the Hebrew phrase meaning “Healing the World,” the Social Action Committee of Beth Israel and Senior Rabbi Linda Potemken presented the award to CAADC Chief Executive Officer, Edward T. Coleman, on May 4th, 2018.  The event occurred at Congregation Beth Israel located at 542 South New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063.  The award noted CAADC’s key role in reducing poverty and offering assistance in housing, employment and social services.  Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has been Delaware County’s designated anti-poverty agency since 1979. The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals. 

Picture:  CAADC’s Chief Executive Officer (r) receives the Beth Israel Social Action Committee’s “Friend of the Community” Award from Senior Rabbi Linda Potemken (l).

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Program Can Help During Tough Financial Time

Boothwyn - There are many families in Delaware County that cannot afford to sufficiently provide a healthy and nutritious diet for their children.  There are also many seniors that cannot make ends meet anymore during difficult financial times.  They often do not realize, especially families that are working, that they may be eligible for Food Stamps, also now known as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).  Across the United States there are 9.5 million families with children on SNAP.  SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net helping put food on the table for low-income residents.  The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) continues to help these families through the SNAP/Food Stamp Participation Project.  The Project annually helps over 350 families register for assistance. 

The Project is an outreach program to assist low-income individuals and families in understanding and applying for participation in the SNAP/Food Stamp Program.  Eligible applicants do not even need to go into the Welfare Office to apply but can do it through CAADC’s Program.  Many people who would be eligible for the SNAP/Food Stamp Program do not apply because they believe that they have to be on Welfare to be receiving SNAP/Food Stamps or because they do not want to use paper Food Stamps at a grocery store.  However, participants do not have to be receiving Welfare benefits to be eligible.  In addition, participants now use a card similar to a bank ATM card instead of paper stamps.
 
Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, stated, “Many families pay so much towards rent, utility costs and gas that they can’t afford a healthy and plentiful diet.  SNAP/Food Stamps can help them reach this vital goal for themselves and their children.”

For a confidential screening to find out if you qualify please call Angela Jefferson at 610-874-8451.  Ms. Jefferson is also available to speak to community groups about the program.

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Fox & Roach Charities Supports Community Action Agency

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $1,676 donation from Fox & Roach Charities.  This donation will support CAADC’s Life Center of Eastern Delaware County.  The Life Center is a fifty (50)-bed emergency shelter facility serving homeless individuals in Delaware County.  The shelter is located at 6310 Market Street in Upper Darby.  In addition to providing over 150 persons with shelter during the year, the Life Center provides additional support services designed to move clients along the continuum of care to self-sufficiency and to provide them with basic needs including a nightly meal program.  Mr. Coleman stated, “We truly appreciate the continued support of Fox & Roach Charities.  This generous donation shows how much Fox & Roach cares about the communities in which it operates.” 

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has been Delaware County’s designated anti-poverty agency since 1979. The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals.  The Agency’s website is http://www.caadc.org and can be reached at (610) 833-4442.

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Community Action Agency’s Offices Have Moved

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Administrative Offices have moved from Media to its Boothwyn location.  CAADC’s Administrative Offices have joined with its Social Service Programs at 1414 Meetinghouse Road in Boothwyn, PA 19061.  Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has been Delaware County’s designated anti-poverty agency since 1979. The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and families. 

CAADC renovated a former elementary school to create 36,000 square feet of office space.  Renovations included installing a geothermal HVAC system to make the site more energy efficient.  Services offered out of the location include rental assistance, utility assistance, youth programs, workforce development programs, free tax preparation, Veteran services and a variety of other assistance to help Delaware County families achieve self-sufficiency.  In addition, CAADC serves as the county’s lead coordinated-entry agency for homeless services in Delaware County. 

CEO Edward T. Coleman stated, “We look forward to providing our critical services to families and senior citizens more efficiently and effectively with our recent move.”

Residents in need of assistance can call (610) 874-8451 to reach CAADC’s Social Service Programs.  The Administrative Office can now be reached at (610) 833-4442.  CAADC’s website is http://www.caadc.org.     

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