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.