CHESTER — Delaware County Council delivered boxes and bags of toiletries to the Wesley House shelter Monday as part of its Day of Service in honor of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Adrienne Marofsky in our office, on behalf of the county, does a great job of organizing the event,” said county Council Chairman Brian Zidek. “Employees and residents who had the means were able to donate some items to folks in need to hopefully make their lives a little easier.”
Zidek was joined by fellow council members Dr. Monica Taylor, the vice chairman, Christine Reuther, Elaine Paul Schafer and Kevin Madden, as well as several Chester firefighters, Director of Emergency Services Tim Boyce and Ed Coleman, director of the Community Action Agency.
Marofsky said thousands of items were donated at various county buildings including the Government Center, the 911 Center, Fair Acres, the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging and Children and Youth Services.
Wesley House Coordinator Sheiletta Corporal said the facility has 17 units set up to accommodate families in need, be it women with children escaping a bad domestic situation, those displaced by disaster or some other reason. There are currently more than 30 women and more than 20 children at Wesley House, which is a partner of Community Action Agency.
Cases vary by need, but Corporal said a typical stay at Wesley House is about three months while residents get on their feet again. Residents receive help from case workers, are referred out for employment assistance if needed, and establish goals to work toward while at the shelter, she said.
Zidek said the drop off of items like shampoo, razors, baby products and other toiletries at the center was one of several events council was participating in Monday that were in the spirit of King’s message of economic and environmental justice.
“It gives us a day to pause and reflect, and hopefully try to live up to his ideals,” he said, noting King spent about three years at Crozer Theological Seminary. “It always makes it more relatable, makes it seem less like some celebrity from afar, but rather somebody who studied right here in Delaware County, that makes it a little more meaningful.”