Catholic Charities receives federal funding for Bayard House maternity program

October 16, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington has received a 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. The $200,000 per-year grant will support Catholic Charities Bayard House program, the only licensed residential maternity program in Delaware for homeless, pregnant and newly parenting adolescents and young women.

Funding will provide the supportive services necessary to successfully transition homeless, pregnant, and parenting youth (ages 16 to under 22) and their dependent children to self-sufficiency and well-being. The program’s major goals are the delivery of a healthy baby and the creation of a stable household. Clients will succeed by acquiring stable housing, completing their education, gaining employment, and learning and implementing successful parenting and infant care skills.

“Catholic Charities is delighted to receive this funding,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “Homelessness for pregnant women puts two generations at risk. The Bayard House program has demonstrated that with appropriate care and supportive services, we can effectively break the cycle of homelessness and abuse these young women have experienced and help them provide better lives for themselves and their children. The decision to fund this program with federal money is an affirmation of the Bayard House program’s positive impact in our community.”

Clients in the Bayard House program receive daily guidance from a case manager and direct service staff in a homelike environment. Clients and staff work together to create an individualized service plan that will help the client achieve her self-selected goals. Through intensive support from all staff, the client learns to define her strengths, recognize opportunities for growth, and create solutions to the obstacles she faces in her journey towards self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities has operated Bayard House since 2004, and has served a total of 442 individuals: 329 mothers-to-be or new mothers, 98 newborns, and 15 toddlers.

To learn more about Bayard House, please visit Catholic Charities website, www.cdow.org/charities.

Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities’ services have grown from the care of orphaned children to include providing care for those facing complex social problems such as chronic poverty, homelessness, hunger, mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy. The agency serves over 80,000 individuals each year throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Help Catholic Charities “Stock the Pantry” for Summer

May 30, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington again asks all its communities to “Stock the Pantry” by contributing nonperishable food goods for households struggling to put food on their tables.

The food drive will continue throughout the month of June 2018. Donors can drop off food and grocery store gift cards at Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours.

“This month, families shift their focus to summer vacations and enjoying the warm weather. Howard hunger doesn’t take a vacation,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities Executive Director. “One in five residents in our Diocese doesn’t have a secure source of food and live day-to-day having to choose between making a rent, mortgage or utility payment or buying food. The donations of food that we receive from our neighbors help us meet the demand we see every day.”

Catholic Charities coordinates food cooperative programs at its Thrift Center in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milton, and at Seton Center in Princess Anne, Maryland. Residents can apply for membership in the programs by contacting the location closest to them: the Thrift Center at 302-764-2717, Casa San Francisco at 302-684-8694, or Seton Center at 410-651-9608. For those in crisis in need of food, Casa and Seton Center operate emergency food pantries.

Currently, Catholic Charities serves over 3,000 households each year through all programs.

In addition to nonperishable food and grocery store gift cards, Catholic Charities will also accept monetary donations in order to purchase additional food to fill bags for the food distribution programs. Each distribution is valued at $50. To make an online monetary donation, visit Catholic Charities’ website, www.cdow.org/charities and click the DONATE button. Under “Please designate my gift to the following ministry” choose Food Assistance.

Catholic Charities will accept donations at its locations Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm.

Bishop Malooly rededicates Marydale Retirement Village

May 2, 2018 – NEWARK DE – Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D. Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, rededicated the Marydale Retirement Village, an affordable senior rental com-munity, 135 Jeandell Drive, Newark, DE, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The rededication marks the completion of the comprehensive campus renovation of the senior housing community.
The rededication is one activity celebrating May as Older Americans Month. For 55 years, the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging has observed Older Americans Month, recognizing older adults and the people who serve them as vital parts of our communi-ties. The rededication of Marydale reaffirms the community’s mission to support and enhance the lives of seniors in the community.

Marydale, sponsored by Catholic Ministry to the Elderly, originally opened in the spring of 1981, with Bishop Thomas J. Mardaga, Sixth Bishop of the Diocese, presiding over the grand opening celebration.

In keeping with its purpose to provide safe, affordable, independent living for seniors, Catholic Ministry to the Elderly sought to undertake a full modernization and renovation of Marydale. Catholic Charities, Inc., serves as the administrator of Marydale.

Catholic Ministry to the Elderly partnered with Leon N. Weiner & Associates (LNWA) of Wilming-ton; a nationally recognized homebuilder and developer of affordable housing, to rehabilitate the facility. LNWA was also the original developer and construction manager of the community.
The complex consists of 108 one-bedroom, garden-style apartments attractively arranged in a series of nine (9) courtyards for seniors who qualify as low-income. The property receives rental assistance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and eligible residents pay no more than 30% of their adjusted income for rent.

The complex received exterior upgrades to resident buildings, including Energy Star windows and exterior doors and Energy Star exterior light fixtures, new roofs, gutters, downspouts, siding and shutters, and accessible entry porches to designated handicap units. Interior resident unit upgrades included Energy Star heat pumps, Energy Star kitchen appliances, and Energy Star hot water heaters, as well as new kitchen cabinets, countertops, low flow/energy saving bath-room fixtures, bathroom grab bars, interior doors, flooring, and a sprinkler fire suppression sys-tem.

The community building, conveniently located to the housing units, also underwent extensive modernization and remodeling.

Outside, the community now boasts new accessible paths from all handicap units, new accessi-ble trash enclosures, and landscape upgrades and drainage improvements.

The project was made feasible through a complex financing transaction involving financing from the DSHA, New Castle County, Citizens Bank, and Cinnaire.

Catholic Charities Celebrates National CACFP Week in March

February 21, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE – During National CACFP Week, March 11 to 17, 2018, Catholic Charities joins with Delaware family child care providers in acknowledging the many ways our community benefits from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Catholic Charities, as one of three Delaware sponsors of the program, works to help licensed child care homes and centers to serve nutritious meals to the children in their care.

 

Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director, said, “Catholic Charities is happy to support these thoughtful child care providers in their quest to do what’s right for the children and families they serve. It’s a program that fulfills our mission of promoting the well-being of people. Children cared for by providers participating in the CACFP benefit by not only being fed nutritious USDA regulated meals, but also by receiving nutrition education that helps them establish positive eating habits they can apply throughout their life.”

 

The CACFP is an important factor in providing quality child care. The program not only benefits children, but also parents and child care providers. Parents are assured that their children receive high quality meals, making them less likely to experience illness and fatigue and will develop at a normal physical and intellectual pace. Providers receive nutrition education and support services from their CACFP sponsor that help them serve nutritious meals and create a positive eating environment for children.

 

Our communities also benefit from the CACFP, because the quality of child care is improved due to the educational and financial resources available to caregivers through the CACFP.

 

Catholic Charities CACFP program supports 240 home providers and 27 centers, serving 130,000 meals to more than 3,100 children each month.

 

Catholic Charities welcomes inquiries from licensed child care providers who want to participate in the program. If you would like to learn more about Catholic Charities and CACFP, visit our website at www.cdow.org/charities, or call our main office at 302-655-9624.

 

Catholic Charities, serving those in need for over 185 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

It’s Time to “Stock the Pantry” at Catholic Charities

January 17, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE – Catholic Charities Inc. again asks all its communities to “Stock the Pantry” by contributing nonperishable food goods in order for the agency to meet the continued high demand for emergency food distributions.

The food drive will continue throughout the month of February 2018. Donors can drop off food and grocery store gift cards at Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours.

“The holiday season of giving has just passed, but hunger for many of the families in our communities is a daily occurrence,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities Executive Director. “One in five residents in our Diocese don’t have a secure source of food. Families should not have to choose between making a rent, mortgage or utility payment and buying food. The donations of food that we receive from our neighbors help us meet the demand we see every day.”

Catholic Charities coordinates food cooperative programs at its Thrift Center in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milton, and at Seton Center in Princess Anne, Maryland. Residents can apply for membership in the programs by contacting the location closest to them: the Thrift Center at 302-764-2717, Casa San Francisco at 302-684-8694, or Seton Center at 410-651-9608. For those in crisis in need of food, Casa and Seton Center operate emergency food pantries.

Currently, Catholic Charities serves over 3,000 households each year through all programs.

In addition to nonperishable food and grocery store gift cards, Catholic Charities will also accept monetary donations in order to purchase additional food to fill bags for the food distribution programs. Each distribution is valued at $50. To make an online monetary donation, visit Catholic Charities’ website, www.cdow.org/charities and click the DONATE button. Under “Please designate my gift to the following ministry” choose Food Assistance.

Catholic Charities will accept donations at its locations Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm.

Catholic Charities to honor the Buccini Family at 2018 Annual Tribute Dinner

January 3, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE – The Buccini Family – D. Robert, Bernadette, Rob, and Chris – will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will present the award at the dinner to be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

“We are delighted to recognize the Buccini Family for their lifelong commitment to community service, most especially to make the City of Wilmington and surrounding area a better place to live, work and play,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “The Buccini’s, without question, model Monsignor Reese’s commitment to the most vulnerable.”

Bernadette DeSeta Buccini and her husband D. Robert have together led the family business, the Edward J. De Seta Company Inc., since 1967. Under their leadership, the business has grown into one of the largest heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors and engineering firms in the Mid-Atlantic States.

The Buccini’s are actively involved in the community and are past members of the Board of Directors for the Ministry of Caring, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Padua Academy, Grand Opera House, St. Francis Hospital, and numerous other philanthropic events.

The Buccini’s love of the Wilmington community has been inherited by their sons, Rob and Chris, and their daughters-in-law, Beth and Mati. Rob and Chris’s real estate investment and development company, The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. owns such well known Wilmington projects as The Hotel DuPont, former DuPont World headquarters buildings, WSFS Bank Center, I. M. Pei Building, and Queen Theater; and is a leader in redeveloping the Wilmington Riverfront with its Christina Landing, Justison Landing, Penn Cinema and Imax, and Westin Hotel projects.

The Buccini children sit on the boards of the following non-for-profits: Wilmington Housing Partnership; The Light Up The Queen Foundation, Wilmington Leaders Alliance, Ministry of Caring, Brandywine Conservancy, Hagley Museum and Library Council of Advisors, and the Delaware College of Art and Design.

The Buccini’s are members of the St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine parishes.

To learn more about Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner or to support the Tribute Dinner through sponsorships or ticket purchases, visit the Catholic Charities website at www.cdow.org/charities.

Catholic Charities, serving those in need for over 180 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility and Catholic Charities host a Ribbon Cutting for New Castle County Community Energy Center

SEPT 7, 2017 – Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility and Catholic Charities, Inc. held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting for the New Castle County Community Energy Center at 11:30 am on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Catholic Charities Thrift Store, 1320 E. 23rd Street; Wilmington DE 19802.

Energize Delaware Community Energy Centers (CEC’s) offer Delawareans a one-stop-shop to access energy bill payment assistance, energy education, weatherization and related home repair services, energy and budget counseling, as well as referrals to other related programs and services. The program also serves the community through Home Energy Workshops and the Delaware Energy Directory and Utility & Fuel Assistance Guide.

Catholic Charities operates the New Castle County Community Energy Center at both its New Castle County office and through a mobile office that travels throughout the county. The mobile office will be onsite at the Thrift Center for the ribbon cutting.

Catholic Charities will also make available information about additional services available at the Thrift Center. These include the new food assistance program, providing supplemental groceries once a month to qualified households; low-cost clothing, household goods, furniture and appliances at our Thrift Store; and access to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program [LIHEAP]. Attendees will be able to attend a free mini energy conservation workshop following the ribbon cutting, as well as shop at our Thrift Store during our 50% off Customer Appreciation Sale.

Since piloting in November 2016, the CEC’s have provided more than 830 low-income Delawareans with energy counseling and bill payment assistance, as well as educated more than 400 Delawareans on home weatherization techniques through its Winter Home Heating Workshops. Energize Delaware Community Energy Centers are brought to you by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility. The Energy Coordinating Agency administers the program, and Catholic Charities and First State Community Action Agency run the Centers.

The DESEU is a unique non-profit offering a one-stop resource to help residents and businesses save money through clean energy and efficiency. The DESEU was created in 2007 by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the State. Its Energize Delaware energy efficiency and renewable energy programs are focused on helping Delawareans save money, creating jobs and improving the environment. The DESEU collaborates with a variety of industry partners such as the University of Delaware and the Delaware Division of Energy and Climate.

Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities’ services have grown from the care of orphaned children to include providing care for those facing complex social problems such as chronic poverty, homelessness, hunger, mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy. The agency serves over 100,000 individuals each year throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Catholic Charities supports National Child & Adult Care Food Program Week

MAR 12, 2017 – Catholic Charities, one of three Delaware sponsors of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), works to help licensed child care homes and centers to serve nutritious meals to children in their care.

During National CACFP Week, March 12 to 18, 2017, Catholic Charities joins with Delaware family child care providers in acknowledging the many ways our community benefits from the CACFP. Not only does program participation enable children receive nutrition meals, but the program also establishes positive eating habits at the earliest stages of development, helps to reduce future health care and education costs due to lack of proper early development, and provides training and support of local child care personnel. Catholic Charities has been a sponsor of the program since 1981.

Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director, said, “Catholic Charities is happy to support these thoughtful child care providers in their quest to do what’s right for the children and families they serve. It’s a program that fulfills our mission of promoting the well-being of people. Children cared for by providers participating in the CACFP benefit by not only being fed nutritious USDA regulated meals, but also by receiving nutrition education that helps them establish positive eating habits they can apply throughout their life.”

Good nutrition is the recipe for an all-around happier child. Providers receive nutrition education and support services from their CACFP sponsor that help them serve nutritious meals and create a positive eating environment for children. The quality of child care provided in our community is improved due to educational and financial resources available to caregivers through the CACFP.

Catholic Charities CACFP program supports 238 home providers and 22 centers, serving 126,615 meals to more than 3,100 children each month.

Catholic Charities welcomes inquiries from licensed child care providers who want to participate in the program. If you would like to learn more about Catholic Charities and CACFP, visit our website at www.cdow.org/charities, or call our main office at 302-655-9624.

Catholic Charities, serving those in need for over 185 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Catholic Charities to honor Pete and Susan Booker at Annual Tribute Dinner in April 2017

January 4, 2017 – WILMINGTON DE – Pete and Susan Booker of the SmartDrive Foundation will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner on April 5, 2017. Bishop Malooly, will present the award at the dinner to be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

“We are delighted to honor Pete and Susan Booker for their lifelong commitment to community service, most especially for their strong dedication to the wellbeing of the children of our communities,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “The Bookers, without question, model Monsignor Reese’s commitment to the most vulnerable.”

Mr. Booker is the Executive Director of the SmartDrive Foundation, Inc., which he founded in 2004. SmartDrive is an online, in-school and in-vehicle program teaching responsibility, accountability and maturity to new drivers, and is dedicated to improving the driving skills of teen drivers. Mr. Booker retired in 2015 as President and CEO of Delmarva Broadcasting Company after a long broadcasting career in management and as an on-air performer.

Mr. Booker is a member of the Board of Corporators for Artisan’s Bank, a member of the Board of Governors of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and a Member and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ursuline Academy. He is an active Rotarian, serving as a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, Delaware, and has been nominated to serve as District Governor of Rotary International District 7630 in 2018-2019.

Mrs. Booker is the Board Secretary and Development Manager for SmartDrive. Her career has focused on childcare and group living positions; her first job was at Catholic Charities Seton Villa. More recently, Mrs. Booker served as Director of Development for St. Paul’s Church and School in Wilmington, and as Campus Minister at Ursuline Academy.

Currently, Mrs. Booker is acting President and member of the Board of Directors for the Mass for the Homeless/Music With A Mission, a Centennial Committee Member of the Music School of Delaware, Treasurer of the Richard’s Alley Homeowners Association, a member of the Capital Campaign and Advancement Committees of Ursuline Academy, and a member of the Ursuline Associates.

The Bookers live in Wilmington, and are members of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. They have two children. The award, created in 1989 in memory of Msgr. Reese, community activist and longtime director of Catholic Social Services, the forerunner of Catholic Charities recognizes exemplary individuals who have demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting and restoring the well-being of people — Catholic Charities’ mission.

Catholic Charities Receives $25,000 from Walmart Foundation to Support Food Assistance in Somerset County MD

JUN 6, 2016 – PRINCESS ANNE MD – Catholic Charities Seton Center has received a $25,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation to further its mission of providing caring service to the most vulnerable. The grant was given through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to support its food assistance program.

The Walmart Foundation’s grant will help Catholic Charities address the growing problem of hunger on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

According to the Maryland Food Bank, one in eight Marylanders are food insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

“Many of our neighbors are forced to choose between buying food and making their rent, mortgage, or utility payment,” said Richelle Vible, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director. “In Maryland, 685 households, representing over 1,400 individuals from infancy to senior citizens, depend on Catholic Charities for food assistance, often on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, we continue to see that number grow.”

Catholic Charities will use the grant to purchase additional food when demand outpaces supplies from donations and other sources, as well as provide nutrition education, shopping tips, and recipes for clients.

Catholic Charities operates two food assistance programs at Seton Center – a food cooperative and emergency pantry. The coop requires that families be at 200% or below poverty level in order to qualify for membership. The emergency pantry provides 3-4 days of groceries to those in crisis and cannot afford to buy food.