Inaugural Ministry Community Awards Banquet set for Saturday

DOVER — The inaugural Women and Children Transformation Ministry International Community Awards Banquet is set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Outlook at The Duncan Center at 500 W. Loockerman Street in Dover.

Banquet tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call WCTMI at 526-8852 or email womenandchildrenministry2009@gmail.com. Donations can made through the wctmi.org website.

Organizers said the red carpet event is designed to raise funds to purchase feminine hygiene products for teenage girls in Zambia who cannot afford them, as well as clean water efforts (wells/toilets) for WCTMI’s currently sponsored children in Liberia.

A federally registered, non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in Delaware, WTCMI describes its mission as “to enhance and promote education, economic, and social stability of women and children through tutorial services, life skills development, academic programming, and social and economic development.

“The organization also seeks to address such issues and concerns at community, state, national, and international levels.”

Keynote speaker Bishop W. James Thomas, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dover, is among six honorees at this year’s event.

Other honorees include the WCTMI General Secretary the Rev. Shonda R. Greene, Pastor Donald Ashley of Greater Life Christian Church in Star Hill, Dover City Councilman Ralph L. Taylor Jr., Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization Vice President the Rev. Leandra Marshall and Kent County Magistrate Judge Nicole Alston-Jackson.

According to a news release, “Internationally, WCTMI currently provides free elementary education, enhancement courses, and life skills counseling for three hundred children in Liberia, as well as free lunches for student populations.

“In the United States, WCTMI has sponsored free health screenings, college fairs, back to school supply/backpack giveaways, and economic empowerment workshops in underserved communities. Donations to WCTMI aid in the sustainability of these efforts.”

On its website, the organization lists its target group as “Single women ages 18 and up and young children who are low-income earners and are unwed mothers; or have been displaced and lost housing or income due to marital breakup, loss of employment, or death. Have completed drugs treatment classes, or in transitional treatment programs. Children ages infant to adult age who have been victimized by parental separation, abuse or abandonment.”

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