People’s Place Welcomes New Director


People’s Place is expanding their efforts to affect the social issues of domestic abuse, homelessness for veterans and foster children in Kent and Sussex Counties by providing independent living and social skills for individuals. Leading this mission to help people find their path to growth and independence will be the new Director of Development, Cladia Porretti.

Ms. Porretti has worked with several non-profit organizations in Indianapolis, Indiana including the Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the American Civil Liberties Union. Her background includes fund development, community outreach and volunteer leadership.

After graduating with a law degree from Indiana University School of Law, Claudia decided to work in the non-profit world instead of becoming a litigator. Although her intention after school was to practice law, there was something that pulled Claudia back to serving her community through these types of organizations.

“I see myself as more of an advocate instead of an adversary,” commented Ms. Porretti as she described her love for giving back to the community.

Ms. Porretti moved back East to Delaware after spending 13 years in Indiana and has enjoyed her return both personally and professionally. “I am loving it,” commented Ms. Porretti referring to living in Delaware. “It is the best kept secret. Delawareans are so nice and generous.”

With an already strong, established foundation in the Milford community, People’s Place and Claudia are looking forward to continuing to promote awareness about their domestic abuse, homeless veteran outreach and youth foster care programs. Her challenge as the new Director of Development will be to not only create an awareness of the several outreach programs that People’s Place offer to the community but ensure that those in need will find those services and information to assist them.

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.

The very dedicated and highly-qualified staff of nearly 180 people assists the residents of the communities where they are located by providing high-quality services that promote dignity, empowerment, independence, safety, self-esteem and self-sufficiency. With three shelters supporting homeless veterans, domestic abuse victims and foster children, People’s Place is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This upcoming year will celebrate People’s Place’s 40th year serving this community and offering programs to those individuals who are in need. Ms. Porretti will serve our community of Milford along with Kent and Sussex Counties by helping individuals empower themselves through independent living. For more information on People’s Place and information on their services call 302-422-8033 or visit them online at