construction of the building, respectively. This project marked the first collaboration with an African-American women’s organization to be used to house projects in a mostly African- American community – referred to as the Beatties Ford Road Corridor, South Atlantic Region Director, Andria Jeffries (LEFT CENTER) and 20th National President, Bertha M. Roddey (CENTER) join Charlotte Alumnae Chapter members during the Delta Center’s Open House and Blessing program. an area with a rich legacy of African- American history. Approximately 200 sorors visited the facility over two days. The event attracted community members, media, local politicians, and special guests including: Soror Gloria Bolden, South Atlantic Regional Chaplain, Andria Jefferies, South Atlantic Regional Director, Soror Bertha M. Roddey, 20th National President; and Soror Joan Higginbotham, engineer and former NASA astronaut. s Compton Alumnae Chapter cosponsored the 8th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Compton, Calif. on Sept. 24, 2011. Chapter members collected items and distributed blankets and personal items with pride to military veterans. This event connected homeless veterans living on the streets of Los Angeles County with opportunities to gain housing assistance and referrals. They also had the opportunity to obtain other supportive services by the many Veteran and County Services which were on hand that day. Over 400 persons s54 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. were served and 30 community service providers participated in the two day event. The first Stand Down for Homeless Veterans took place in San Diego and allowed a safe place for homeless veterans to take a break from the streets for two or three days. The event also provided a range of supportive services including but not limited to: housing, employment, benefits, medical and mental health services, legal services, clothing and food. The goal of the event was to bring veterans to a safe and supportive environment so they can live lives worthy of their service to this country. The program was started in the City of Compton by former City Councilwoman Barbara Calhoun (District 1) in 2004. s In an effort to support the Grand Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in its commitment to aiding in the revitalization of Haiti, the Dade County Alumnae Chapter sponsored a Haiti Back-to-School Drive on Sept. 17, 2011. Essential school supplies and book bags were the focus of their efforts. Sorors Danielle Clark and Ami Passmore recently travelled to Haiti to distribute food and other items. The sorors also held reading sessions with families of the villages they visited. Committee and other sorority members recognize the educational and economic issues facing our brothers and sisters living in these depressed countries and especially Haiti which is so close to Dade County. The chapter received outpouring support from the local radio station, WEDR-99 Jamz, during the weeks leading to the event with timely announcements to listeners, the community-atlarge and private businesses. s Focusing on the theme, “Belizing the Children are our Future,” the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter held its first International Mission Trip in Belize City, Belize on June 3-7, 2012. The four-day mission trip focused on providing 100 Dade County Alumnae members sponsor a back-to-school drive for school-age children in Haiti.
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