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ILYA Regrets Unclear Communication

ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) has a partnership with Catholic Charities to provide a wider selection of household items to young people aging out of foster care when they “shop” for their new apartments. When we make donations with the code “First UU” this access is maintained. However, we recently learned that we haven’t communicated clearly enough about the donations going to the thrift shop.


Donations must be in good condition and have all their parts. Please don’t take anything that needs cleaning, mending, repairing or has parts missing. It costs money to dispose of unusable items which lessens the support available for the people who need it.


There’s always a need for pots and pans, flatware/silverware and lamps as well as apartment size furniture. If you don’t have a way of getting items to the Thrift Center, let J Harry Feldman or Lois Morris know and we’ll figure out how to get them there. Remember, for large items like furniture, pick up can be arranged at your location. 

And for those who were interested in more information about the Delaware Youth Opportunity Initiative mentioned in last week’s e-News, check out their website at or talk withBetty Wier or Barbara Crowell.