Choral Breakfast Kicks Off People’s Day

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dsc08370By Terry Rogers

On Saturday, December 3, the 17th Annual People’s Place Choral Breakfast kicked off People’s Day in downtown Milford. The breakfast, which is a fundraiser for People’s Place, is also designed to promote community unity and spread holiday cheer.

“People’s Day brings the community together to celebrate the holiday season,” Kim Rigby of People’s Place said. “The breakfast is always a fun, community event. People enjoy the all-you-can-eat breakfast while listening to local musicians providing Christmas music for their enjoyment.” Other events planned for the day included the Christmas Tree Extravaganza at the Milford Library, Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa House on Walnut Street and a holiday exhibit at the Milford Museum. “A Christmas Carol” was the planned movie at the Riverfront Theater and Delaware Dance Company performed “The Nutcracker” at Milford High School.

At the choral breakfast, guests enjoyed breakfast served by the Milford Senior Center and were able to purchase gifts from various vendors set up in the center. Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand for children to let Santa know what they wanted to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Vendors included LulaRoe, Pampered Chef and others. There were also informational tables from organizations like Kent-Sussex Industries and the Milford Museum.

Musical guests at the breakfast included Katie Inie-Richards, Director of the Milford Branch of the Music School of Delaware, who kicked off the event with her violin. The Milford Community Band, Greenwood Mennonite Singers and the Woodbridge Middle School Chorus performed as did dancers from Diamond Dance Company.

“This year we wanted to expand beyond Milford performers,” Ms. Rigby said. “Our headquarters is here in Milford, but we provide services throughout the state, with a focus on Kent and Sussex County. We want everyone to know that we provide services for every person in every town in the state.

People’s Place was founded in 1972 with the initial goal to provide activities for youth. The organization expanded rapidly and now helps tens of thousands of children and adults throughout Delaware. In 2015, more than 8,000 individuals benefited from the services offered by People’s Place. Cousneling centers provided services to 4,658 children and adults with almost 33,000 units of service at four different locations. The SAFE Program which operates two shelters in Kent and Sussex County for victims of domestic violence, assisted 337 victims and answered 1,311 hotline calls. The Abriendeo Puertas Program helped 82 victims and answered 97 hotline calls while the Turning Point Program served 802 victims and perpetrators, provided divorcing parent education to 165 parents and anger management programs to 118 clients.

The Family Visitation Centers provided 3,004 visits and child exchanges to 129 families while the Center for Community Justice served 832 individuals. Residential Alternatives to Detention served 298 adolescents while the Group Home for Girls served 16 and the Independent Living Program helped 179 young adults in foster care learn independent living skills. The Veteran’s Outreach Program served 57 new veterans and the Whatcoat Social Services Program provided shelter to 535 adults and children.

“Our mission is to become the agency of choice to help people find their path to growth and independence,” Ms. Rigby said. “The choral breakfast is a great way to promote our mission and to give back to the community that helps us throughout the year.

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