Tim and Janet Duperree’s Legacy of Salvation Army Leadership in Delaware
The Duperrees’ contribution to the local Salvation Army is more than just a drop in the bucket.
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The Duperrees have readied their home for a hoped-for holiday visit from all four of their daughters and five grandchildren. The oldest daughter, Melissa, lives in Middletown, N.Y., with her husband and two children, while their second daughter, Carrie, and her husband, who are in Mohton, Pa., have three children.
At work, the two directors have been focused on upgrading facilities and programs. They have prepped for a capital campaign to improve the headquarters building, which has a total of four floors that accommodate staff offices, shelter and other facilities. They hope to expand and improve the day-care center and tiny gym, and replace the roof and windows, among other projects.
Kenneth Wattman, a longtime member of the board, says he thinks the Duperrees “are going to be among our best officers. I’m very, very impressed with the enthusiasm and energy they bring to the job. They’re very hands-on and they follow through. They are not sitting in the office waiting for somebody to bring something to them. They’re out getting things done.”
Usually, officers receive new marching orders every two to five years and are reassigned to different posts, sometimes moving great distances. Geraldine Brown, for one, is hoping the Duperrees stay much longer. She’s in her 39th year with the Delaware Salvation Army, and she wants the couple to remain at least until 2019.
“I have six years before I retire,” she says, “and I told them they need to stay here till I leave.”
Helping at Christmas Time—and Year-Round
In Delaware, nearly 8,000 people (about 5,000 in New Castle County) volunteered as Bell Ringers during the 2012 Red Kettle Campaign, raising approximately $450,000 to provide services and assistance to families and individuals in need throughout the year. In addition, in New Castle County the Salvation Army was responsible for more than $1 million in gifts and support during the last Christmas season. This included toys, clothing, gift certificates and food, as well as utility and rental assistance. Most of this support was donated or gift-in-kind.
Other services provided by the state Salvation Army last year:
- 13,077 nights of lodging for women and children. Case managers offer life workshops, budgeting, and promote self-sufficiency as these clients move toward obtaining permanent housing. Also, the “Code Purple” program provided 1,012 nights of shelter to homeless individuals during severe weather.
- 11,093 families and individuals were recipients of Family Services, including financial crisis assistance with rent, utilities, clothing and food.
- Nearly 3,000 people in nursing facilities and 6,000 in correctional facilities received visitation and outreach from Community Care Ministries.
- Approximately 1,000 at-risk inner city youths received various services and participated in activities at the Community Center.
- 540 individuals received assistance with job placement and retention through the Keep a Job program.
- 140 children are enrolled in the Child Care Program, which prepares them to enter kindergarten.