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Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Sue Ryan, the Executive Director, discussed the non-profit agency, a coalition of CHILD, Inc., Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI), Delaware Center for Justice, People’s Place II and the YWCA Delaware and what she considers to be a public health crisis, domestic abuse.  With upwards of one in four women and one in ten Delaware…
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Community Legal Aid Society

and its services were discussed by deputy Director Laura Graham and Advocacy Director, John Whitelaw, on a limited budget the agency represents residents in cases of housing and SNAP benefits, domestic abuse, disabilities, elder law and immigration.  They spoke on how they work with area housing departments to 'test' tenant rights; their joint programs with…
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Recovery Centers of America

Domenica Personi, CEO at Recovery Centers of America Brace Bridge Hall, discussed treatment options for addiction, how treating the underlying cause – trauma, mental health, abuse – takes the longest and that 90 days is needed to really address the issues; staying well after the intervention.  For more information visit recoverycentersofamerica.com
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National Museum of American Jewish History

From the Museum of American Jewish History, Josh Perelman, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Collections and Education, and Jennifer Isakowitz, Public Relations and Digital Marketing Manager, discussed the museum‘s mission, describing history through the eyes of Jewish Americans, what they knew and how they reacted to the events, from the American revolution through today,…
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US Consumer Product Safety Commission holiday safety

Maryanne McGerty-Sieber, Product Safety Investigator with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, discussed recent recalls and then spoke on holiday safety, from buying appropriate toys to indoor and outdoor lighting and space heaters.  Her advice, use the USPC website to research any product you buy second-hand, to discover recalls or retrofits and buy toys that…
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Special Olympics Delaware

Jon Buzby, Director of Media Relations for Special Olympics Delaware, spoke about the organization and its founding by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the 1960s.  He discussed the sports and other programming offered by the organization, including social events, leadership programs, Family Days and Summer Camp at Camp Barnes.  Over 4,200 athletes participate in more than…
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Autism Delaware, programs, services and REDS, WHITES & BREWS

Annalisa Ekbladh, Autism Delaware Family Support Program Manager, offered an important discussion for the families of those with Autism, resources and support available for parents, respite services for care-givers, and best practices and research information for professionals.  She also discussed the social activities, job training and other opportunities for people within the Autism spectrum.  This…
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