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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President and Director of Interpretation at Eastern State Penitentiary, discussed the historic site in Center City Philadelphia.   He described its building in 1829 as part of our founding fathers' ideas on prison reform, substituting reflection and contemplation in solitude for the then standard of whipping or stocks and placing men, women…
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Hiring through Autism Delaware's POW&R at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Pete Bradley, Vice President and General Manager for Casino Operations at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, discussed the resort's experiences in hiring people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Pete, President of the board at Autism Delaware, spoke of his family's personal history and told the story of his late son, who was diagnosed with ASD.  He…
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Connecting Generations

Lynda Neff, Director of Development, discussed how the program brings caring adults into Delaware schools, helping with homework, conversation, or companionship to help students acquire the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in school, work and life.  Over 1,500 students at 91 schools receive the intervention, originally founded by a retired businessman as…
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New Castle County Library System

Community Services Manager Diana Brown discussed the libraries of New Castle County and its programming and offerings, from traditional hard copies of the latest best sellers, to e-magazines and e-books, to book clubs, 3rd Grade Reading Readiness, coding and crafts.  She discussed the various ways to access the collections, from online to on-site, with book…
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Fair Housing with Community Legal Aid Society

Meghann O'Reilly Karasic, Supervising Attorney for Fair Housing at Delaware's Community Legal Aid Society, discussed state and federal protections in housing and how CLASI works with area residents to ensure they are being treated fairly.  She discussed their efforts to end discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, creed, marital or familial status, age…

NAMI Delaware 04/22

Coutney O’Connor, Development Manager, and Jessica Stevenson, Community Engagement Coordinator, of NAMI Delaware discussed their agency’s mission, to ‘support, educate and advocate until there is a cure for severe and persistent mental illness.’  We began the discussion by defining mental illness, breaking it down to feelings, thought and moods that affect ‘normal life’ and your…
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Meals on Wheels Delaware 04/15

Anne Love, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Delaware, and Tom Hannum, Chef and owner of Buckley's Tavern, discussed the upcoming Cellar Masters Wine Auction and Celebrity Chefs Brunch fundraisers. Anne explained the work of her agency, to raise funds for the five statewide meal delivery providers, City Fare and Newark Senior Center, Modern Maturity…
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