Federation of Women Helps People’s Place Help Others


Staff Report

They say when you put a group of caring women together that the results are miraculous.  Well, this is certainly true regarding the GFWC Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs.  Brenda Beissel, Public Relations Coordinator for People’s Place, was recently invited to a Pajama Party Luncheon held at the Cool Springs Restaurant in Magnolia.  She walked in to see approximately 25 women dressed in their favorite pajamas or nightgowns with some even wearing nightcaps.  Ms. Beissel had been invited to speak to the group about the People’s Place Group Homes for Adolescents.  Unbeknownst to her the group had been asked to bring a gift card, check or monetary donation for the youth who reside in the agency’s two Group Homes.  By the end of the meeting nearly $500 had been collected to help the youth have a brighter Christmas.

  Each People’s Place Group Home has a capacity of eight teens, ranging in age from 12 to 18.  The Boys Group Home is in Townsend and the Girls Group Homes is in Milford.  These young people have come through the foster care system and now are provided a home-like environment emphasizing independent living skills and appropriate social skills to prepare them to live independently after graduation from high school or at age 18.  The teens attend school and participate in normal teen-age activities.  They are given approximately $225 annually from the State for clothing, school supplies and activities fees, so it is very important to People’s Place to have support from groups like the GFWC Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs. 

 The GFWC Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs has supported People’s Place for several years in various ways always focusing on domestic violence issues.  Their purpose is “to indicate the highest type of citizenship among their members; to exert an active interest in and upon the civic, social and moral welfare of the community; to participate in, promote and encourage all enterprises for upbuilding of the State; and to provide ways and means for carrying out the purposes of its organization”.

 People’s Place has eleven programs, which offer varied and much needed social and mental health services to Kent and Sussex County residents and surrounding communities.   The non-profit organization is dedicated to becoming the agency of choice to “help people find their path to growth and independence”.  To this end, they identify the social and mental health needs of Delaware residents and facilitate the provision of services to address those needs. 

 Their very dedicated and highly-qualified staff of nearly 175 people assists the residents of our communities by providing high-quality services that promote dignity, empowerment, independence, safety, self-esteem and self-sufficiency.  If your family has decided to share their Christmas spirit with others or if you belong to a civic group, like the GFWC Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs, and want to help People’s Place help others, please call Brenda at 422-8033, ext. 183.  Needs are year-round, not just at the holiday season.