Media - Amateur chefs from five Delaware County churches and synagogues will don their aprons and face-off for the honor of “Top Shelter Chef” in a fundraiser to benefit three Delaware County shelters. The 3rd Annual “Top Shelter Chef Contest” is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2014 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, 52 different volunteer groups cook and serve meals at the Life Center on a rotating basis. The contest will feature volunteers from five of those organizations who will provide samples to all attendees and vie for the title of “Top Shelter Chef 2014.” The groups this year include Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, St. Andrew the Apostle Church, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, St. Mark Lutheran Church/Trinity Lutheran Church and Temple Sholom in Broomall.
January 30, 2014
To the Editor,
As Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), I would like to express our Agency’s deepest appreciation for Delaware County’s tremendous response to our annual Holiday Appeal.
Thanks to the participation of over 60 volunteers and $10,290 in contributions of cash and food donations, 628 meals were provided on Thanksgiving 2013.
During the Christmas holiday, over 1,406 needy children received toys/gifts valued at over $180,000. This effort was made possible by more than more than 180 volunteers, 71 personal contributors, and 60 business/corporate sponsorships including 37 businesses that hosted holiday gift barrels.
All donations stay in Delaware County and 100% of funds collected go directly to the needy.
It was gratifying to see that even in these very difficult economic times, the residents and businesses of Delaware County came through to ensure a happy holiday season for their less fortunate neighbors.
As we face single digit temperatures over the next few months, please remember we need your support for those families and seniors who find themselves without heat. We especially need your support to keep our three emergency homeless shelter facilities operating.
If you would like to make a general contribution or donate to the Save Our Shelters (S.O.S.) Campaign please makes checks payable to Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (designate S.O.S. on the note line if for the shelters) and mail to CAADC, Government Center, 201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063. You may also go on the CAADC website at http://www.caadc.org and click on the Donate button.
Thank you again to the residents and businesses of Delaware County.
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 eighth 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 1,000 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 27th 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) 891-6327 or (610) 891-5101.
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. (CAADC), the county’s anti-poverty agency that helps families and individuals to move toward self-sufficiency.
Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle said this initiative is just one of many events being held throughout the county to honor the memory of Dr. King by volunteering to address social problems and strengthen communities. “We applaud these young people who instead of taking a day off, they spend the day helping others,” McGarrigle said. “This a great initiative that involves our youth in Delaware County, and benefits people in need, which are goals that embody the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was committed to serving others and to ending poverty. It’s great to see our young people working to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Called “Hoops From the Heart,” the MLK Day of Service initiative was started in 2002 and has since raised over $70,000 for Community Action Agency programs that serve low-income residents in Delaware County. Five basketball clinics will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Jan. 20, at Cabrini College in Radnor, Haverford College in Haverford, Neumann University in Aston, Widener University in Chester and Springfield High School. Delaware County Council members will visit the clinics and enlist the help of Delaware County Community Service vans to collect and deliver food donations.
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 13th Annual “Hoops From the Heart” event, contact Debbie Lamborn 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 DiBonaventura)
- Cabrini College: 610.902.1016: (Coach Kate Pearson)
- Springfield High School: 610.938.6182 (Coach Kim Smith)
Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), is pleased to announce that CAADC has been selected as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kid, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. CAADC is among 750 charitable agencies representing all 50 states in the United States, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries. CAADC will be distributing merchandise certificates for shoes to children in its two family shelters during this holiday season.
This is the seventh year of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program. Although studies show that properly fitting shoes are important for children’s health and development, a striking number of children do not own a pair of shoes that fit. Mr. Coleman stated “By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essential on a daily basis, CAADC, in partnering with the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible.”
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.
MEDIA - October 30th is National Weatherization Day. 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 14.4% or more of their annual incomes for energy compared with only 3.3% for other non low-income families. The Weatherization Program is available to help make low-income households more energy efficient.
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. On average, the program reduces heating bills by 20-30%. 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.”
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: $55,140.00
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.
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.”
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 - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $1,650 donation from Erie Insurance to support the Agency’s efforts to help families reach self-sufficiency. The donation will be used to help clients with work readiness, skill training etc. CAADC has a variety of workforce development initiatives designed to help clients prepare for and find employment. Mr. Coleman stated, “During these difficult economic times it is vital that low-income families have support in obtaining employment. This generous donation from Erie Insurance will allow CAADC to provide this support and shows how much Erie Insurance cares about the community in which it operates.”
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.”
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 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.
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.”
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.
Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has been selected as one of “The Top 100 Workplaces 2013” for the Philadelphia Region. This is the fourth year in a row that CAADC has appeared on the list. CAADC was chosen by Philly.com based on their survey of current employees. Their goal was to uncover the best employers in the Philadelphia region from the workers’ point of view. Only 100 local businesses were selected for this impressive list that covered public, private and nonprofit 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 that was posted on March 17, 2013. Mr. Coleman stated “This award was especially gratifying to receive again since it was awarded based on survey results from our employees. As a non-profit with limited resources we continuously try to find ways to make the Agency a rewarding 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/.
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.
MEDIA - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the 2nd Annual Top Shelter Chef Contest raised over $18,000 for Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) homeless shelters. 327 people attended this unique and fun event on March 2nd at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Darby. Five 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 2013.
The shelters that will benefit include the Wesley House, Family Management Center and the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County. The five community groups that participated included St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Temple Sholom in Broomall, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Bethany Evangelical Presbyterian Church and St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church. In a close vote by the attendees St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church from Upper Darby 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, Government Center, 201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063. You may also go on the CAADC website at http://www.caadc.org and click on the Donate button.
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
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.
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.