City, State and Chester Education foundation officials celebrate the Delco Communities that Care’s designation as prevention coalition of the year.

By JessicaBautista
jbautista@chesterspirit.com

The Communities that Care (CTC) Network of Delaware County formally received honors last week as the 2011 Pennsylvania Prevention Coalition of the Year and after nearly two decades of humanitarian work, the network has proven it hasn’t been meeting for the sake of meeting every second Thursday of the month.

The award was first announced at the annual Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) conference at Penn State University in early June. Neilda E. Mott, CTC network director, accepted the award.

Chester was among the first communities in Pennsylvania in 1994 to adopt the CTC model with funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the agency also sponsoring the award. CTC was selected to facilitate community efforts in Chester to combat local school drop-out and school and community violence.

We’ve been doing this for 17 years,” said Charles C. Gray, vice chairman of the Chester Education Foundation (CEF), facilitators of the CTC network. He said the CTC has only cancelled one meeting because of a 2009 blizzard, and even then, some showed up. “It’s been about coming together and making life better, not only for students and residents in Chester, but countywide, and sometimes even statewide,” he said. “If we seem boastful, it’s because we have a right to be.”

Today, the network is a collaboration of 140 organizations, human services agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations and individuals, including Chester Weed and Seed, Chester Youth Collaborative, East Gateway Triangle, Delaware County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, Anti-Violence Coalition, Chester Healthy Families Partnership, and Chester Drug-Free Communities. “Although our focus is on Chester, our resources come from all over Delaware County,” Mott said.

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