People’s Place held its Annual Awards Breakfast May 21 at the Milford Senior Center. Approximately 125 were present including staff members; the board of directors; Bryan Shupe, the new mayor of Milford; local elected officials; funders and supporters. Del Failing, executive director, welcomed everyone and thanked all staff for their efforts in continuing to serve the many residents in Delaware who use the agency.
John Knotts, executive director of the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, spoke about his organization's website, veteransaffairs.delaware.gov, which has been updated for veterans seeking resources. This website is a tool to allow veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses the ability to find resources in one online location. He also said that the DCVA continues to meet and work with other agencies to help veterans find the assistance they need. At the conclusion of his presentation, Knotts invited Paul Lardizzone, DCVA chairman, to the podium to present an award to People’s Place staff member Mike Rowe. They commended Rowe, manager of People's Place Veterans Outreach, for his outstanding service to veterans in the community and surprised him with a beautiful award and military coin. Knotts and Lardizzone also noted the exceptional support that Vickie Bryant, outreach/referral specialist, provides to veterans and their families and thanked both again for their work in this field.
Each year People’s Place gives awards to two staff members as Employees of the Year. This year they were presented to Stacy Wright of the counseling center and Linda Carey-Ashford at the girls' group home. Rookie of the Year went to Denise Jackson, support staff from the Whatcoat Social Service Program. People’s Place also recognized several Service and Community Supporters of the Year. The generous recipients were CrossFit Lewes, Janet Stevenson-Davis and the Delaware Standardbred Association, the Dave Marshall Tennis Club, Wesley United Methodist Church, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Holy Spirit Mission Church, and First Church of Christ Scientist. The organization's spokespeople thanked all who participated in this year’s ceremony.
People’s Place is a nonprofit 501c3 health and human service organization. Eleven programs are offered to Kent, Sussex, and lower New Castle county residents and include counseling, youth services, domestic violence services, veterans' services and homeless assistance. Go to www.peoplesplace2.com to learn more or phone 302-422-8033 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.