NOT A STRETCH: Sorority donates to Colley Complex

Published 7:02 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Troy Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority visited the Colley Senior Complex Wednesday to show the members’ support of the participating senior adults and to express their appreciation for their continuing efforts to maintain healthy minds and bodies. They also presented gift items to the seniors to be used in the centers various program.

“Our chapter applied for a grant that is designed to empower senior adults as they work to maintain healthy minds and bodies,” said Ramadanah Jones, chapter president. “The grant was for $500 and we dedicated the funds to the purchase of exercise videos to encourage physical activity and also puzzles and adult coloring books that are activities for mental alertness. We also wanted to include something for spiritual well-being so we have large-print Bibles and the Bible on CDs.”

Jones said Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to those in need.

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The Troy Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was chartered in April 2004 and is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its founding in Alabama’s bicentennial year.

“Our Troy Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is dedicated to scholarly service and sisterhood,” Jones said.

The chapter is involved with youth in the Troy community through mentoring programs for ages 11 through 18 including Delta GEMS, which is for young ladies that are are committed to “Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully.”

The sorority has programs designed to build self-esteem, promote college readiness and encourage community service.

“Each year, we award two scholarships to local students at our Red Hat Scholarship Brunch in April,” Jones said. “We are involved in voter registration and voter education.”

Jones said the Troy Alumnae Chapter appreciated the opportunity to be involved with the Colley Senior Complex, as senior adults continue to have a huge impact on the community through their involvement and service.

Catherine Jordan, Colley Senior Complex director, expressed appreciation to the sorority members for their support of the senior center and the many participants who will benefit from their generosity.