News Releases

June Jam at Homeless Shelter

Media - The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) will be hosting its 11th Annual June Jam for its homeless clients, childcare children and transitional housing clients on Friday June 27th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  The event will take place at the Wesley House Homeless Shelter at 701 Madison Street in Chester, PA 19013.  Families residing at CAADC’s Family Management Center, Kidz First Early Childhood Learning Center and transitional housing programs will be attending as well.  Events/activities include grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, a live DJ, a bounce house, fire safety segments hosted by the Chester Fire Department, face painting, line dancing, games, line dancing, a water slide, and water ice and cotton candy.   

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Community Pizza Party for Public Awareness at the Life Center

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), announced that the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County will be hosting “A Slice of Hope” (http://www.asliceofhope.org/#) June 19th from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  This is the fifth year in a row that this event will be at the Life Center located at 6310 Market Street in Upper Darby.  This community event is sponsored by eyeBLINK (http://www.eyeBLINK.org) which is a multicultural organization promoting social change through theatre, dance and special events.  The goal is to “spread joy and optimism” for people undergoing tough times while underscoring the problem of hunger and the cycle of homelessness in America.  The local community is invited to the event which will include free pizza and live music from Chris Boykin Productions. 

The Life Center is a fifty (50)-bed emergency shelter facility, operated by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), serving homeless individuals in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  The Life Center also offers a nightly Feeding Program sponsored by the Community Outreach Project.  The Community Outreach Project is a cooperative effort by 54 area community groups that 365 days a year provides a complete hot and nutritious dinner to residents of the shelter and other needy persons.  This program is unique in that the groups include churches, synagogues and mosques.  The program is fully funded by donations of food and time from the community.  Approximately 200 - 250 persons are given a meal each night )over 77,000 meals per year).

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Wells Fargo Supports Community Action Agency

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, “Homeless and low-income families often need assistance with finding housing, securing employment, developing financial literacy skills, etc.  This generous donation from Wells Fargo will support our efforts to provide intensive counseling to help guide these families toward self-sufficiency.” 

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New Program Supports Veterans Having a Housing Crisis

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.

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Giant Food Stores Supports Community Action Agency

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $1,000 donation from Giant Food Stores to support its Healthy Living and Physical Fitness Project.  This project provides nutrition counseling and an anti-obesity component for children and families in the Agency’s homeless programs.  CAADC operates three homeless shelters as well as an extensive transitional housing program. Mr. Coleman stated, “Being in a homeless shelter can be extremely stressful especially for the children.  It can be hard to maintain a healthy and nutritional diet as well.  Giant Food Stores is dedicated to helping provide these families with support for establishing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.  We really appreciate their on-going support.”

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CAADC, Inc. Undertakes Weatherization in Tri-County Area

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.

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Community Action Agency CEO Receives Workplace Safety Award

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), recently received an award for contributions to workplace safety.  Mr. Coleman received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award for “Outstanding Contributions, Dedication and Support of the Workplace Safety Committee Training Initiative.”  The award was presented at the 17th Annual Workplace Safety Committee Training Seminar held at the Drexelbrook Conference Center in Drexel Hill, PA.  The award was presented to him by former NFL and Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski and Pat Larkin from Arthur J. Gallagher & Company. 

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Girl Scout Troop Plants Garden at Homeless Shelter

Media - Girl Scout Troop 555 of Ridley/Springfield helped to build a garden at a local homeless shelter.  As part of a project to complete their Bronze Award, which is the highest award for a Junior Girl Scout, the Girl Scout Troop built a garden at the Wesley House Shelter in the City of Chester.  The Wesley House serves homeless families and single women and is administered by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC).

The garden will help to provide the families with healthy and nutritional food as they go through a very difficult time.  Miller Greenhouses of Wallingford generously donated the plants for the garden.  The Society of Women Environmental Professionals also provided a grant towards the project.  Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, stated “This project to help the homeless in their community is something that all of these Girl Scouts should be very proud of and truly reflects the Girl Scout mission to make the world a better place.”

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Citizens Bank Foundation Supports Community Action Agency

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $10,000 donation underwritten by the Citizens Bank Foundation.  The grant is for CAADC’s Emergency Fuel Assistance Program and will help Delaware County families and senior citizens that need oil assistance due to economic hardships during the winter.  Mr. Coleman stated “Low- and moderate income families continue to struggle with home heating costs.  Citizens Bank Foundation has seen this need and has made this generous contribution to help their community during these difficult times.”   

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Boeing Supports Community Action Agency

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $25,000 donation from The Boeing Company to support financial literacy efforts in Delaware County.  CAADC will use the support to assist economically disadvantaged residents to develop basic personal financial management skills, offer free tax preparation services and provide additional support programs.  Mr. Coleman stated “Providing low- and moderate-income persons with the financial skills to succeed is very important due to these difficult economic times.  This generous contribution from The Boeing Company shows they are committed to helping their community during these hard times.”  Last year CAADC provided financial literacy instruction to clients in its emergency shelter and transitional housing programs, operated individual development account programs to help low-income savers reach their goals and provided free tax preparation to over 1,000 Delaware County residents.   

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Program Can Help During Tough Financial Times

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 these 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 44 million Americans each month.  The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) continues to help these families through the 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 Food Stamp/SNAP 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 Food Stamp Program do not apply because they believe that they have to be on Welfare to be receiving 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.  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 Marilyn Sileo at 610-874-8451, ext. 1015.  Ms. Sileo is also available to speak to community groups about the program.

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Weatherization Program Can Lower Your Bills All Year Round!

MEDIA - With the continued increase of many energy related costs, families are looking for ways to reduce these bills.  Weatherization can help lower your bills during the hot months just as well as the cold months.  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 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 up to $6,500.  On average, the program reduces heating bills by 31%.  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 as we are not as busy once the weather gets warm.”

Annual income guidelines currently are:
Family of 1: $22,980
Family of 2: $31,020
Family of 3: $39,060
Family of 4: $47,100
Family of 5: $55,140
Add $8,040 for each additional family member.
To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770.

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Free Program for Families Can Remove Lead-Based Paint from Homes

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. 

Maximum income guidelines include:

One Person   $ 45,500
Two Persons     52,000
Three Persons     58,500
Four Persons     65,000
Five Persons     70,200
Six Persons     75,400
Seven Persons     80,600
Eight Persons     85,800

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CAADC Accepting Referrals for Home Repair Program

Delaware County - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Homeowners Energy Efficiency Loan Program (HEELP).  HEELP is an affordable loan program designed to help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient.  This program offers a great way to reduce high energy bills and make home improvements at a very affordable rate.
 
HEELP offers loans between $1,000 and $10,000.  The loans have a fixed interest rate of 1% for the 10-year term with no prepayment penalties.  Allowable uses of the loan proceeds include insulation and ductwork, new energy-efficient windows and doors, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, hot water heaters and roofs. Other permissible work includes repair of interior damage from roof leaks, electrical repairs as well as any repairs that permit weatherization work to take place.

HEELP loans are more affordable than you may think.  A $5,000 loan would have only a $44 monthly payment.  The maximum loan amount of $10,000 would have a monthly payment of only $88.  For more information, call CAADC at (610) 891-5101 and ask about the HEELP Program.  Income limits apply.  For example, the maximum allowed annual income for a family of four is $53,300.

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Weatherization Available to the Public with Revenue Supporting CAADC

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. 

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