|Dan Stein, left, director of Perdue Farms’ operations in Georgetown, Del., joins Perdue associates to present a $2,500 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to the Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services (SCCHS) homeless shelter in Georgetown. From left in front row are Stein, Marie Morole, Crisis House SCCHS executive director, Nancy Woodruff, Crisis House program director, Shirley Arno, Crisis House office assistant, Kim Nechay, executive director of the Foundation, and Stacey Norton, Perdue HR Manager. In back row are Perdue associate Tanya Rogers-Vickers, Allen Hill, Crisis House maintenance, Perdue associate Pat Walls, Charlene McNeal, SCCHS Board member, and Perdue associate Rita Harkless.|
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, November 21, 2013) — Perdue Farms, through a $2,500 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services (SCCHS) in Georgetown, Del., provide safe and secure transitional housing to homeless individuals and families.
Through its Crisis House Homeless Shelter, SCCHS provides the homeless a 30-day stay with three meals per day and access to support services. The transitional housing program also provides housing to single parent families for up to two years. At the shelter, individuals and families learn how to repair credit and obtain marketable skills, and receive help to find permanent housing.
“The faces of homelessness have changed dramatically in recent years,” said Marie Morole, executive director of SCCHS. “Unfortunately, so many people are just one paycheck, one illness or one life-changing event away from homelessness. Since seeing our first clients in 1982, we’ve helped hundreds of men, women and children get back on their feet.
“As funding from other sources has declined, contributions and support through such foundations as Perdue are extremely needed to maintain daily operations of the homeless shelter,” said Morole. “The funding from Perdue will help feed our residents.”
Morole points out that Perdue has also been a viable source of employment for many shelter residents, enabling them to get back on their feet and regain permanent housing in the community. “We are sincerely grateful for the support Perdue and the Foundation provides, and look forward to continuing our relationship.”
Dan Stein, director of Perdue operations in Georgetown, in presenting the grant to SCCHS officials, said, “At Perdue, we’re committed to supporting projects and organizations that make our community a better place to live, work, play and raise families. We couldn’t be more proud of the good work the team at the Crisis House does for the community, and are happy to support their efforts through this Foundation funding.”
About Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services Inc.
The Mission of Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services Inc. is to provide safe and secure temporary housing to the homeless and to facilitate the transition from homelessness to financial and housing independence. Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services Inc. has been providing shelter and supportive services to homeless individuals and families since 1981. The agency’s atmosphere creates an environment that nurtures personal and family dignity, enhances self-esteem and promotes independence, housing stability and financial security. Learn more about SCCHS at www.scchsinc.org.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND® and COLEMAN NATURAL® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms and our Corporate Responsibility Report at www.perduefarms.com.
About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.™