"We are happy when they can leave with a lighter spirit and a smile, knowing they can always get food from us."
Each weekday, CRC’s Food Rescue Program helps homeless, disabled, elderly and those struggling to work in our seasonal economy by collecting and offering to its clients a wide variety of food from grocery stores, residents and other groups. “We have been able to help a families whose children escaped their burning home, homeless individuals who have lost everything they had due to some calamity, elderly persons whose resources don’t stretch enough for them to buy food to last a month,” says Program Manager Diane Shearon.“ Our clients, including Joetta Harmon, Suzanne Weir, William Harmon and Jermaine Maker, are sensitive to taking no more than they need so that others can also receive help. We are happy when they can leave with a lighter spirit and a smile, knowing they can always get food from us.
"It’s really helpful, and it’s really appreciated."
CRC’s Baby Pantry, supported by the Harry K Foundation, provides diapers, baby formula and other supplies to over 50 needy families with infants. Open twice a month, the Pantry also distributes clothes for infants and children, books and toys donated by others in our community. Participant Danielle Passannante says that “it’s really helpful that they have clothes and books. They have options for diapers when your child grows. And they offer a lot of other things like shampoo and food. They do a good job, and it’s really appreciated.
"Asked how this happened, she replied, 'My Faith in God; changing things in my life and the support I have received at CRC.'"
For the last seven years Carlotta White has come to CRC for food from our Food Rescue Program, assistance with her finances, eyeglasses and help securing employment. To expand her employment opportunities, she sought - and CRC assisted her to gain - entrance into the Advancement through Pardons and Expungement Program with the State of Delaware. Carlotta’s journey has been a mixture of gladness, sadness, obstacles, dead ends, painful disappointments and finally a level of success. She set personal goals and obtained an entry-level position at Wendy’s and a part time position at Dollar Tree. She began to piece her life together again, but knew that her horizons wouldn’t broaden until she climbed one more step. In March 2018, after several Board of Pardon Hearings that included a denial, Carlotta was recommended for a Pardon by the Governor. With her future brighter and her options wider, she was asked how this happened. With a beaming smile, she replied, “My Faith in God; changing things in my life and the support I have received at CRC.
"Alena was in tears as the assistance CRC gave resulted in resolution of her crisis."
CRC got a frantic call from Alena Kellum, who was about to be evicted from her home. Alena’s leg had been amputated below her knee because an infection was misdiagnosed and subsequent antibiotics did not work. She was in a wheel chair, but had arranged to be fitted for a prosthesis and return to work a few weeks after her call to CRC. CRC provided referrals to other agencies which, along with CRC’s contribution, provided enough funding to help her pay the back rent that had accrued during her ordeal. In addition, CRC worked with Alena’s landlord and arranged to spread her next two months’ rental payments out to bridge her to her return to work. The icing on the cake was her employer’s agreement to not only hold her job, but promote her to a supervisory position that required no lifting! Alena was in tears as the assistance CRC gave and helped her to obtain elsewhere resulted in resolution of her crisis.
"I’ve even been able to save enough money for my first mortgage payment."
CRC’s Administrative Assistant Eleanor Marchtmon, not only schedules meetings for clients with volunteer Bob McDaniels to discuss how to budget for their needs: she also states how that assistance has helped decrease her financial stress and showed her how to save for goals such as the mortgage of the new house she is waiting to move into through the Milford Housing Authority. “It can be so stressful to remember what bills need to be paid and when. After working with Bob, I know how to set up special savings accounts to save for, and automatically pay, my bills on time. I’ve even been able to save enough money for my first mortgage payment, and begin to build savings to face unexpected emergencies.