One woman is fighting to take back the streets of Newport News and she’s been on this journey for 25 years.
Deloris Pettaway founded Crusading Outreach Ministry Inc. 501 c 3, a non-profit designed to serve those who are economically disadvantaged and at risk, in December 1992. For over 22 years, she stood on many of Newport News VA’s street corners, providing a message of hope and giving out food, clothes and hygiene products to those in need. Flash forward: she has added programs for education, empowerment and entrepreneurship for at risk youth and disadvantaged citizens. She still offers food via the non-profit’s emergency food pantry as well as visits seniors in various nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the Peninsula. Sometimes she receives calls in the middle of the night from program participants who are in dire need.
But she hasn’t stopped there. The 25 year old non-profit, which will celebrate its anniversary with a May 20th Black & White Gala at Newport News City Center’s Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, has several certified and nationally recognized programs for youth and parents of young children that it will relaunch within the next few months. (See Eventbrite or bit.ly/BlackAndWhiteGalaRSVP for details on how you can join the celebration.) But what this non-profit needs is what many local organizations need: