On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, First State Community Action Agency (First State), a statewide non-profit helping Delawareans living in poverty, celebrated 52 years of service with a dinner and recognition ceremony at Dover Downs in Dover, Delaware. Over 200 guests, including appointed and elected officials, business and community leaders attended the anniversary event.
Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice, Leo Strine Jr. was the event speaker and he called to attention the inequities in the criminal justice and public education system and brought to light plausible remedies of reform.
First State gave special honor to local individuals, leaders and community partners who have supported poverty–relief efforts and demonstrated extraordinary service, dedication, and achievement. Magnolia resident, Rev. Dr. John G. Moore, Sr., received the agency’s prestigious Stanford L. Bratton award for his extraordinary leadership and service in the community. Premiere event sponsor and honoree, Delmarva Power, received the 2017 Community Partners awards. The collaborative efforts with Delmarva Power have helped the agency to provide emergency utility assistance, energy education and conservation methods for community members, and other energy and youth initiatives. Tyrone Bell, a former client and graduate of First State’s Second Chance re-entry and Adult Culinary Arts Training Program, was given the 2017 Personal Achievement Award for his outstanding achievement and commitment to self-improvement.
The event closed with inspiring words by of First State Executive Director, Bernice Edwards, as she encouraged all Delawareans, residents, organizations and leaders to unite together in efforts that improved the welfare of those living in poverty as it would benefit the entire state.