Philadelphia Alumnae Celebrates 95 years

Submitted by C. Gloria Akers, Advisor 95th Anniversary Celebration

On a damp and rainy Feb. 2, 2022, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter (PAC), rolled out its first 95th Anniversary Service Partnership with Life Turning Point of Philadelphia (LTPP). With ABC, CBS, and NBC television cameras rolling, Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter President Dr. Penny Sparks Nixon, Vice Presidents Blinda Fleming-Stephens, Lynne Battle-Millard, Wanda Sabb, and Official 95th Anniversary Photographer Emilee Taylor, filled the pantry and freezer with all items requested by Life Turning Point of Philadelphia.

Since its chartering in 1927, members of Xi Sigma (renamed Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter in 1956), have clearly distinguished the Chapter as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans, and all Americans.

Life Turning Point of Philadelphia (LTPP), located in the Germantown community, was established in 2019 to provide an 18-month residency program for single women, with children, who are experiencing homelessness. Life Turning Point of Philadelphia (LTPP) provides a comprehensive, residential, Bible-based life skills training program. Upon program completion, women will obtain employment and permanent housing. Rita Whitaker is Executive Director of Life Turning Point of Philadelphia. (www.ltpphilly.org)

PAC’s Partnership with LTPP supports its achievement of immediate goals, including:

            (1) To onboard three staff members by January 2022.

            (2) To have the house fully equipped, supplied, and ready for families by January 2022.

            (3) To begin taking in residents by February 2022.

            (4) To be at full capacity (9 families) by the end of March 2022

In implementing its 95th Anniversary Service Mission, the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter will fund the LTPP partnership from its budget and investments. During the 2022 – 2023 budget planning process, Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter committees will plan and develop needed services for Life Turning Point in a collaboration that models national guidelines under the sorority’s 5 Point Programmatic Thrust. Funds from the PAC budget and investments will be allotted for approved programs. The 95th service emphasis is on providing tangible support in collaboration with the Turning Point organization.

In celebration of PAC’s Celebration of 95 years of Service to the Philadelphia community, the partnership with Life Turning Point of Philadelphia illustrates its commitment to the virtue of Compassion, which is dedicated to the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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