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Meet Maurice Taylor - Interim Executive Director for Chester Community Coalition

Maurice Taylor comes to Chester Community Coalition through the Interim Executive Director program of The Nonprofit Center of LaSalle University, which supports organizations as they identify and address organizational priorities and conduct a search for a permanent Executive Director.

With over two decades of dedicated service to nonprofit and community organizations, Maurice brings high level expertise in designing, implementing, and overseeing innovative programs tailored to address crucial community needs. His leadership spans various roles, notably working with the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, the University of Pennsylvania, and serving as the former Board Chair for the Challenger Learning Center of Philadelphia.

Maurice holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cheyney University, where he also completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He also holds a SHRM-SCP certification from the Society for Human Resources Management.
From the (Outgoing) Interim Executive Director

Fall tends to be a time of noticeable transition, and reflection followed by gratitude. At Chester Community Coalition, we have so much to be grateful for as we reflect on the work that has been done since the Peace Walk, and that we continue to do. We have, as an organization been navigating transition of our own, and in this harvest addition of our newsletter want to give thanks to the staff and board who have been the supportive limbs that allowed us to maintain contact with the community of Chester and Delaware County.

We have all looked at the work we do through a growth mindset lens, acknowledging what we’re able to do well, and committed to increasing capacity and working towards “yet.” We are thankful for the opportunities to come together and learn from one another. I feel compelled to use “we” when thinking about all that has been learned and accomplished and that we are proud of because it has been a collective effort. As we have leaned into the collaborative work of being a part of the community initiatives, we have seen so much more of the needs, and where there are organizations that we are proud to work along side of come together for the service of those needs.

During this time, our Program Director, Lashira Council and I have been sharing the lift of Interim Executive Director while we worked with the Board to chart a clear path forward. One of the things I have been grateful to be able to see up close has been Lashira’s innovative thinking, generous management style, and desire to learn and grow. She has been instrumental in thinking about what we need most in an Interim Executive Director, and with her continued commitment to the work we do, and ability to support our amazing team, we look forward to the future of Chester Community Coalition in this next season. Thank you for continuing with us on this journey.
CCC's collaborative Hospital-Linked Violence Intervention Program (HVIP) with Crozer-Chester Medical Center's Trauma Program has been accepted into the Emerging HVIP program of the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention.  Above, CCC staff members at the HAVI's September conference in September.
Coping with Grief and Loss during the Holidays

Coping with grief during the holidays can be especially challenging, as this is a time when we often gather with loved ones and celebrate. It's important to remember that everyone grieves differently, and there is no right or wrong way to cope. However, here are a few suggestions that may help.
 
"Winter Blues" and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

People who have “winter blues” each year in late fall or early winter as the days shorten and the nights lengthen may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Everyone's experience with Seasonal Affective Disorder is unique, so it's important to find coping strategies that work best for you. Click here for more information.
Food Resources and Holiday Food Distributions

Click here for information on Delaware County Interfaith Food Assistance Network, and for Holiday food giveaways.

Chester community member decorating a SoulBox for a loved one who lost their life to gun violence.  This was an annual memorial event hosted by Sunflowers and Lemons at Memorial Park in Chester, PA.
With Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence.

At Grace Lutheran Church in Broomall, PA.  One shirt = One Soul Lost to Gun Violence

For those who prefer to donate by check, please make check out to “Urban Affairs Coalition, Chester Community Coalition”, and mail to:

Urban Affairs Coalition 
Attn. Ethel Haskens
1650 Arch St, Suite 2701
Philadelphia, PA  19103

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 703 Central Ave. 
Chester, PA 19013
 (610) 368-0714
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