January 25, 2017
To The Editor,
The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has served as the County’s official anti-poverty agency since 1979. Each year our Agency serves over 8,000 clients many of which are unable to provide for their families during the holiday season. As we look back on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays we would like to thank the hundreds of County residents who volunteered their time and made contributions to help their less fortunate neighbors.
Through their generosity needy residents were provided with over 500 Thanksgiving dinners with an additional 400 meals provided on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Amazingly over 1,300 children received Christmas gifts which they may not have otherwise received. These efforts were made possible by cash/toy donations valued at over $150,000 and over 125 volunteers. In addition, over 30 different business, schools and churches served as collection sites for toys. 100% of every dollar contributed went directly to purchasing toys and preparing meals. These overwhelming efforts are truly a tribute to the caring and generosity of County residents.
Unfortunately, the need for our services continue long after the holiday season ends. We continue to see an increase every winter in the number of residents that need fuel assistance to help keep warm. Each night over 350 individuals, children and seniors reside in our emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities. Every evening, 365 days per year, over 50 churches, mosques, and synagogues prepare and serve 200 meals to needy County residents at the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County in Upper Darby. Our Veterans programs served over 125 Veterans who were facing homelessness. Our housing rehabilitation program replaced roofs, heaters and made other health and safety housing repairs. The majority of the repairs were for seniors with insufficient resources to make the repairs and faced becoming homeless or living in hazardous conditions.
These are only a few of the challenges we face each day to attempt to keep families intact and to keep our seniors, children and veterans from homelessness.
Our Agency will continue to aggressively pursue all available resources continue these programs. We will also continue to design programs to encourage self-sufficiency such as our Welfare to Work, Case Management, Child Care, Financial Literacy and Energy Conservation initiatives.
We would like to thank all of our partners who support our efforts and encourage the community to remember the ongoing needs of their less fortunate neighbors now that the holiday season has passed.
Please visit our website at caadc.org or call 610.891.5101 to assist with our efforts.
Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.
Media, 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 an eleventh year. This year CAADC will be hosting five 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 over 1,100 households with completing their taxes. The free sites will be located at the Wesley House at 701 Madison Street in Chester, PA 19013; the Toal Building at 2nd and Orange Streets in Media, PA 19063; 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 23rd and will continue through April 18th. 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) 891-6327 or (610) 891-5101.
Media - 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 2002 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. 16th, 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 16th Annual “Hoops From the Heart” event, contact Debbie Brodeur at CAADC at (484) 802-7708.
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)
Media - 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 CAADCs financial literacy initiatives including providing economically disadvantaged residents with money management training, free tax assistance and Individual Development Accounts. 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 the support of M&T Bank. This generous donation shows M&T Bank,s commitment to its community.”
Media - 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 21st 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
CAADC in the Toal Building, 2nd and Orange St., Media 19063
Aston Sunoco, 3355 Market Street, Twin Oaks, PA 19014
Boeing Company Facilities
Boeing Helicopter Credit Union, 501 Industrial Highway, Ridley Park, PA 19078
The Coffee Station, 1 Kedron Avenue, Morton, PA 19070
The Coffee Station, 3518 Foulk Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061
Crozer-Keystone Medical Center, Lobby and North Campus on 15th Street, Chester, PA 19013
Crozer-Chester Medical Center/Community Hospital, 2600 W. 9th Street, Chester, PA 19013
Crozer Medical Center at Brinton Lake, 30 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Deirdre Hair Design, 237 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, 1001 Baltimore Pike, Suite 9LL, Springfield, PA 19064
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 19074
Prospect Park United Methodist Church, 800 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, PA 19076
REMAX, 831 N. Providence Rd., Media, PA 19063
Ridley Township Library, 100 MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA 19033
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 - Morton, 25 S. Morton Ave., Morton, PA 19070
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
Tinicum Memorial Public Library, 620 Seneca Street, Essington, PA 19029
Vinnie’s Place, 110 S. Edgmont Ave., Media, PA 19063
Media - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has been funded by Boeing for its new Veteran Employment Project. The Veteran Employment Project will place Veterans in a paid work experience opportunity with the goal of locating a career, learning valuable skills and finding a job with a living wage.
However, CAADC is still seeking businesses interested in helping to employ Veterans and partner along with CAADC on this valuable project. While the project will pay their wages initially, CAADC is hoping for employment partners that are interested in possibly hiring the Veterans permanently and will provide positions with a career pathway.
Slots for Veterans for this project are limited but there are still some available. Interested Veterans should be very motivated and looking for full-time employment.
Edward T. Coleman, CAADC CEO, stated “Boeing is helping our local Veterans to find employment and to have the support services necessary to reach self-sufficiency. We are truly grateful for Boeing support and their dedication to the community. We look forward to working along with local employers on this project.”
Media - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Pharmacy Technician Training Program has five additional slots available starting in January. The program is designed to help out-of-school youth gain the skills for a rewarding career including obtaining required credentials and industry recognized certifications. CAADC has partnered with Delaware County Community College for its Pharmacy Technician Training Program which provides instruction to become a pharmacy technician leading to employment in hospitals and community pharmacies. This program includes Pharmacy Technician Certification and an externship.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 17 and 24
- Currently reside in Delaware County
- High School Grad or GED
Income eligibility guidelines do apply. Only five additional slots are available and are filling up fast so call today to see if you are eligible. Contact Gail King at (610) 874-8451 if you are interested in the Pharmacy Technician Training Program.
Media - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is seeking local employment partners for its youth Building Trades Training Program. The Building Trades Training Program provides instruction in the construction and maintenance fields and includes paid on-the-job training. The program is designed to help out-of-school economically disadvantaged youth to gain the skills for a rewarding career and includes obtaining industry recognized certifications.
An important component of the project is providing youth with a paid work experience opportunity, funded by the project. However, CAADC is still seeking employers from Delaware County in the building trades and maintenance fields to partner with for this project. Benefits to the employers include:
- Having an employee for 6 months paid for by the project
- Chance to help and mentor an economically disadvantaged youth looking to start a career
- Opportunity to secure a great future permanent employee
Participants will work approximately 20 hours per week for six months. The opportunities start in January so please contact CAADC by mid-December or earlier. If you are interested in partnering with CAADC please contact Eileen McCoy at (610) 874-8451.
Media - Amateur chefs from Delaware County churches will don their aprons and face-off for the honor of “Top Shelter Chef” in a fundraiser to benefit three Delaware County shelters. The 5th Annual “Top Shelter Chef Contest” is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (located at 229 Powell Lane in Upper Darby, PA 19082).
The contest will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Save Our Shelters (S.O.S.) Campaign. The S.O.S. Campaign supports CAADC’s emergency shelters serving families and individuals from all of Delaware County including the Family Management Center, Life Center of Eastern Delaware County and the Wesley House. Funding from the S.O.S. Campaign has been vital to the continued operation of these homeless shelters. Currently, 50 different volunteer groups cook and serve meals at the Life Center on a rotating basis. The contest will feature volunteers from four of those organizations who will provide samples to all attendees and vie for the title of “Top Shelter Chef 2016.” In addition, this year an alumni from the Life Center Homeless Shelter will be participating. The former resident has a cooking background and he has left the shelter and found permanent housing.
Tickets for the event are $25 and all proceeds will benefit CAADC’s shelters. Attendance is limited. Tickets may be purchased by clicking the “TICKETS” button at http://www.caadc.org. Tickets may also be purchased by calling CAADC at the 610-891-3997. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate to the S.O.S. Campaign, you may click on the “DONATE” button at http://www.caadc.org or make checks payable to Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. and mail to Save Our Shelters Campaign, c/o CAADC, Government Center, 201 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063.
Media - 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 life skills training, housing and community 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 the support of WSFS Bank. This donation shows that they truly care about the communities in which they operate.”
Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) out-of-school youth training programs are now accepting applications from eligible youth. The two programs are the Building Trades Training Program and the Pharmacy Technician Training Program.
Both programs are designed to help out-of-school youth gain the skills for a rewarding career including obtaining required credentials and industry recognized certifications. The Building Trades Training Program provides instruction in the construction and maintenance fields and includes paid on-the-job training. CAADC has partnered with Delaware County Community College for its Pharmacy Technician Training Program which will provide instruction to become a pharmacy technician leading to employment in hospitals and community pharmacies. This program includes Pharmacy Technician Certification and an externship.
There are a limited number of available slots though and applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 17 and 24
- Currently reside in Delaware County
- Not enrolled in High School
Income eligibility guidelines do apply. Slots are filling up fast so call today to see if you are eligible. Contact Carla Gordy at (610) 872-2611 if you are interested in the Building Trades Training Program. Contact Gail King at (610) 874-8451 if you are interested in the Pharmacy Technician Training Program.
Delaware County - 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). SNAP nationwide helps put food on the table for over 46 million Americans annually. 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 600 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 Ebony Faulk at 610-874-8451. Ms. Faulk is also available to speak to community groups about the program.
MEDIA - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) operates the Safe and Healthy Homes Program in Delaware County. The program strives to reduce illness and injury incurred by home health hazards such as lead, asthma triggers, and fire and fall hazards. The main activity of this program is to provide free primary prevention home visiting services to reduce the risks associated with unhealthy homes.
Participating households receive:
- In-home environment assessment conducted by a trained professional
- In-depth healthy homes education
- Healthy home supplies as needed such as household cleaning goods, childproofing kits, pest control traps/baits, etc.
To be eligible the households must have an expecting mother and/or a child/family member under 22 years of age. In addition, the household must have one of the following: either a member that has asthma, a child at-risk for lead poisoning (i.e. living in a pre-1978 household with chipping or peeling paint), other safety hazards or a child with special healthcare needs.
The Safe and Healthy Homes Program is supported by the National Nurse-Led Consortium and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo to support its Case Management Program. CAADC provides intensive case management to families in crisis in its three homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, employment and training programs, etc. Case Managers help families and individuals to develop goal plans and move toward self-sufficiency. Mr. Coleman stated, “Wells Fargo has been a great supporter of our homeless efforts in Delaware County. They are helping homeless and low-income families with finding housing, securing employment, and developing financial literacy skills.”
Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), announced that the Agency is beginning a new program in partnership with the Salvation Army- Chester Corps to support Veterans having a housing crisis. CAADC was funded for a Supportive Services for Veteran Families program through the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs. The goal of the program is to provide supportive services for Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.
The program begins on October 1st and income eligibility requirements do apply. The program though is looking for Veterans to call now so that they can be ready to enter into the limited number of slots. CAADC will be providing services to Veteran families with children. Families facing a housing crisis should call Danita Miller at CAADC at (610) 874-8451. The Salvation Army will serve Veteran individuals (no children in the household). Individuals facing a housing crisis should call Harry Dorsey at the Salvation Army at (610) 874-0423.
Media - CAADC has been a long-time provider of Weatherization services in Delaware County. 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 is designed to keep residents warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long. Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans. The majority of Weatherization funding comes from the Federal Department of Energy.
Federal resources for Weatherization services have decreased dramatically. Edward T. Coleman, CEO of CAADC, has been involved with Weatherization for the last 37 years. Mr. Coleman started the Weatherization program in Lackawanna County in 1976 and has been involved ever since. Mr. Coleman said “In all the years I have been involved with Weatherization we have never faced such a critical loss of resources. It is unfortunate since job creation and energy independence are national priorities. Weatherization effectively and efficiently focuses on both of those priorities.”
As a result of the funding reductions, the Agency providing service in Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties notified the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that they could no longer provide services to these counties. The PA DCED asked CAADC to assume responsibility for administration in these counties in addition to Delaware County.
Lynette Praster, Director of the Center for Community Services within the PA Department of Community and Economic Development which administers the Weatherization program in Pennsylvania, said “CAADC now covers not only Delaware County, but also Lebanon, Lancaster and Chester Counties. This was done through a combination of existing hires, subcontract agreements with neighboring Community Action Weatherization providers and additional subcontractor staff. Thus far, it has worked out very well.”
CAADC began providing services in September of 2012 and to date 169 households have received services in Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. This Tri-County partnership has been able to avoid a gap in services for this part of Pennsylvania while operating the program in a cost efficient and effective manner. Residents interested in applying for services from these counties or Delaware County should call (610) 521-8770.
Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Lead Hazard Control Program. This free program typically provides new windows and doors to replace older ones that contain lead paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead paint, which can cause a wide range of negative health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, in children under six years old.
CAADC’s program is designed to remove lead-based paint hazards from the homes of income-eligible families with children under the age of six. The Agency can spend up to $5,000 per house and all services are free pending proof of eligibility. Applicants must be a homeowner (renters are not eligible at this time) and be a resident of Delaware County except residents in Upper Darby, Haverford, or Chester.
Services typically include replacing doors and windows, installing new drywall, replacing trim and moldings, etc. Please call Community Action Agency at (610) 891-5101 for an application and more information about income guidelines.
MEDIA - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has a new opportunity available to home owners, landlords and business owners to help them save on energy costs. CAADC has been providing Weatherization services to eligible low-income families for thirty (30) years. Now CAADC is making this service available to the public at a very affordable cost. A portion of the revenue will support the Agency’s social service programs which helps over 30,000 needy individuals each year.
By sealing gaps in a property and insulating attics and roofs, Weatherization can save a household up to 30 - 35% during the winter and the summer. Potential improvements include attic insulation and venting, sidewall insulation, furnace repair or replacement, heating duct insulation, replacement of damaged windows and doors, and air sealing of windows, doors and other air gaps in a home.
Mr. Coleman stated “We are excited to take our years of experience providing this service and make it available to the general public and local businesses. We will help them to save money while also generating funds to support our Agency.”
Financing options are available including home loans as low as 1%. CAADC will help customers through the application process. Interested residents and businesses should call 610-521-8770 to schedule an initial Home Energy Audit or for more information. With the selection of the recommended energy saving measures, the fee for the Home Energy Audit (valued at $350) will be waived. CAADC"s Weatherization crews are certified by the State of Pennsylvania and the Environmental Protection Agency.