People’s Place Celebrates 40 Years

From left, State Reps. Jack Peterman, Bobby Outten, Dave Wilson; People's Place President of the Board Van Warrington; People's Place Executive Director Del Failing; State Sen. Gary Simpson; and State Rep. Harvey Kenton

By Tori Calvert

On Wednesday, May 16th, People’s Place celebrated its 40th anniversary at its annual breakfast and awards ceremony at The Milford Senior Center.  During the breakfast ceremony, many members of the Milford and surrounding communities were on hand to witness a House of Representative’s Tribute co-sponsored by Representatives Harvey R. Kenton, Harold J. Peterman, David L. Wilson and William R. Outten.

The honor was presented to People’s Place Board of Directors President Van Warrington and Executive Director Del Failing, recognizing People’s Place for its “success in providing quality social and mental health services for children and adults” over the past 40 years.

Also in attendance was former Executive Director Dr. Frank Shavlik, who served for 20 years (1975 – 1995) at Peoples’ Place. The event included awards presented to Employees and Rookie of the Year as well as for Volunteer of Year and Community Service and People’s Place Supporters of the Year.

People’s Place began in 1972 by a group of concerned Milford residents who established a volunteer run drop-in center for youth.  Forty years later, People’s Place now has 11 programs and more than 15 locations throughout Delaware, serving approximately 9,000 Delawareans each year and employing 175 full- and part-time staff.

The award recipients were Tina Camper, Employee of the Year; Tanya Pettyjohn, Employee of the Year; Theresa Wills, Rookie of the Year; Gale White, Volunteer of the Year; Terese Zatcoff and Delaware Womenade by the Sea, Volunteer of the Year; and Edward and Marge Steiner, Community Service and People’s Place Supporters of the Year.