Harrah’s donates to Chester Senior Center, Delco’s Domestic Abuse Project and DCCC – Delco Times

CHESTER — As part of The Caesars Foundation’s $3.3 million donation to organizations across the United States, Harrah’s Philadelphia donated a total of $35,000 in April. Harrah’s Philadelphia donated $12,000 to the Chester Senior Center and $11,000 to the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County.

Additionally, the property presented $12,000 to Delaware County Community College. This donation is the first part of a commitment of $60,000 to be presented over 5 years. Funds received from this check will go toward the construction of a new demonstration kitchen for culinary arts students.

Donation ceremonies and check presentations were held to celebrate each of the organizations and show Harrah’s Philadelphia’s ongoing commitment to the community.

The Delaware County Domestic Violence Project was established in 1976 as part of a movement to provide safety, advocacy and support services to victims of domestic violence. Empowering victims of abuse and preventing domestic violence are central to their mission. Each year, thousands of abuse victims and their children are supported by their 24/7 helpline, emergency shelter, counseling and legal defense.

Chester Senior Center, one of Community Services for Seniors’ senior centers, strives to empower individuals to live independent lives by helping seniors stay healthier, more active and more independent. SCS is a community-based organization with over 39 years of experience, four nationally accredited senior centers and an abundance of programs directly serving the aging population in the Delaware County service area.

Delaware County Community College strives to facilitate learning by providing quality, student-centered, accessible, comprehensive, and flexible educational programs and services to meet the educational needs of the diverse communities it serves.

The Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by resorts owned or operated by Caesars Entertainment and is the entity through which Caesars funds nonprofit programs. to visit http://www.caesars.com/company.

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack features over 1,500 slot machines, live table games like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and Baccarat, and has become a major harness racing destination on the East Coast.

DCCC Selected to Participate in National Initiative to Provide Education and Training to Prisoners

Delaware County Community College has been selected by the US Department of Education to participate in a nationwide initiative that provides education and training to incarcerated people. The college is one of 73 other institutions nationwide that will participate in the “Second Chance Pell Experiment,” which since 2015 has helped incarcerated people access higher education and training. Participating institutions can begin accessing Pell Grants as early as July 1.

“Ultimately, this program will provide incarcerated individuals with a pathway to stable, sustainable employment, which, in turn, will minimize the possibility of recidivism,” said Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black.

“The Second Chance Pell Grant will bring about transformative change to prepare incarcerated people with the essential workforce skills and qualifications to successfully transition into employment as well as additional pathways,” says Laura Williams, Director of George Hill Correctional Institution in Glen Mills, one of the college’s partners.

With this third cohort of additional schools, Second Chance Pell now includes 200 institutions chosen to pave the way for this unique initiative, which is expected to fully ramp up in July 2023, when the Department of Education intends to implement implemented legislative changes to allow eligible students in “college in prison” programs to access federal Pell Grants.

The Federal Pell Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students and some post-baccalaureate students. Scholarship amounts depend on the student’s expected family contribution; the cost of attending school; the student’s registration status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student is attending a full academic year or less.

“Access to high-quality post-secondary education is essential for people incarcerated, but for too long people incarcerated have been left behind,” said US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “The expansion of Second Chance Pell and these new default pathways are essential steps for those incarcerated to access educational opportunities that will give them a second chance to build a future for themselves.”

To increase participation, the federal government is waiving past defaults that prevented incarcerated people from participating. Soon, incarcerated people will also be able to consolidate their loans, which they were not allowed to do before. The increase in Pell opportunities should allow the Department of Education and institutions to see how well the experiment works across a wider and more diverse geographic range.

In the first year of its program, Delaware County Community College plans to partner with the George Hill Correctional Facility to provide education and training for up to 30 incarcerated students in culinary arts (food preparation, service and management ) and in construction supervision (construction and construction). inspection, construction worker). The college will use what it learns in the first year to expand the second- and third-year program, eventually to other prisons in Delaware and Chester counties. The college plans to serve a total of 100 incarcerated students over three years.

Based on COVID safety and security protocols, classroom and practical instruction will be provided, along with in-person and online academic and career counseling. Students will earn industry-recognized certificates, such as certificates in safety from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from the American Heart Association. Career fairs will be held to connect incarcerated students to jobs in high-priority and high-demand career fields. Upon release from prison, students may also choose to enroll in Delaware County Community College or another institution of higher education.

To be eligible for Second Chance Pell, inmates must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency in General Education Development. Students 19 years of age or older who have not graduated from high school or passed the GED exam will be considered for admission on an individual basis. The college offers remedial courses which are available as part of its larger curriculum.

It’s estimated that for every dollar spent on correctional education programs, $4 to $5 is saved in three-year reincarceration costs, according to RAND Corp., a California-based nonprofit research and public policy organization, which in 2018 did a study funded by the US Department of Justice. For more information, visit http://www.dccc,edu.

Learn about Medicare in four Zoom presentations

APPRISE will offer four free Zoom Medicare presentations to Delaware County residents in May via Zoom to help beneficiaries learn more about their plans.

“Medicare 101” will be presented from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. This Medicare presentation will explain the basic principles of Medicare. People can learn more about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D; Conditions of eligibility for health insurance; enrollment in the health insurance scheme; and other health insurance benefits.

“How to Complete a Medicare Drug or Advantage Plan Comparison on Medicare.gov” will be featured from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. This Medicare presentation will explain how to use the online program at Medicare.gov to find the best Medicare Advantage plan. or Medicare prescription plan for you. This is designed to help people enrolling in Medicare and continuing Medicare beneficiaries who need to check their plans each fall during open enrollment to make sure they have the best plan for the following year.

“Medicare Cost Sharing” will be presented from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20. This Medicare presentation will discuss Medicare cost-sharing programs to help pay for Medicare, premiums, and certain benefits.
“Medicare Supplemental/Medigap Plans” is the final presentation, from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24. This Medicare presentation will discuss Medicare Supplemental Plan programs that cover the 20% of Medicare costs that Medicare A and B do not cover. These plans are the alternative to a Medicare Advantage plan.
To register for any or all of these presentations, email Louisa at [email protected]

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