Philadelphia Alumnae Tackles Cyber Security, Financial Freedom and More

Submitted by Alexis Jenkins and Sandra Turner Becks

On Oct. 22, 2022, the Economic Development Committee of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated hosted a Cyber Security event for Dolls, Divas and Dears. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the committee was so excited to be able to bring this virtual seminar to sorors. The internet and technology are an important part of society, and it is important for members to understand how to keep themselves and their identities safe online.

Katrina Boyer from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Banking was the presenter. She covered an array of topics that included but were not limited to grandparent scams, identity fraud prevention and phishing. In conjunction with the National initiative Cyber Security for Delta Dears the committee decided to expand this year’s event to the entire membership after such a positive response from last year. Additionally, the committee felt it was important to include younger sorors, as many of them are/or may become caregivers to elder family members, so the information was particularly relevant to a larger audience. The chapter is grateful to Ms. Boyer for her expertise and were able to share pamphlets with membership at the following November Chapter meeting.

Our Closet in the Neighborhood with JCFS

On Nov. 5, 2022, the Economic Development committee hosted a Clothing Drive for winter attire and coats for entire families The Jewish Family and Children Services has a mission to strengthen families and individuals across generations and cultures to achieve stability, independence, and community. The committee has hosted clothing drives with other organizations and were drawn to this one for their mission alignment. It was a cold morning, but sorors showed up and showed out! The chapter collected more than 100 bags of winter clothing and coats filling up the organization’s designated trunk, one and a half times! They are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a blessing to so many families!

dFree: 12 Steps to Financial Freedom

dFree: 12 Steps to Financial Freedom is a workshop based in biblical teachings and meant to help sorors get finances in order. The dFree program was created by Dr. Deforest B. Soaries and has been used by various organizations and churches to help their members obtain financial freedom. The minority communities of the United States have been plagued by predatory lending and bad money habits for generations.

Dr. Soaries takes participants through a journey to understand where they struggle and how to get themselves out of a hole. This includes informative videos, group discussion topics, personal challenges and homework the participants must complete. In past iterations, the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter has had members of the chapter complete the program, but decided to extend the invitation to the community. From Nov. 10-29, the chapter held virtual meetings where 25 ladies participated and completed the 12-step program and are looking forward to continuing this program in support of the National initiative: Financial Fortitude.

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