News Releases

5th Annual Top Shelter Chef Contest Supporting CAADC Homeless Shelters

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  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 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. 

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WSFS Bank 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 $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.” 

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Two Programs for Out-of-School Youth Accepting Applications

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. 

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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 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.

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Healthy Homes Program Available in Delaware County

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. 

To determine eligibility and for a free home visit including free healthy home supplies please contact Janine Lee at CAADC at (610) 521-8770 Ext. 100 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Safe and Healthy Homes Program is supported by the National Nurse-Led Consortium and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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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, “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.” 

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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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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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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 about income guidelines. 

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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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