Daughters of America lend a hand for National Day of Service

Daughters of America

Grand Canyon Chapter DAR members recently volunteered at Mary Ellen’s Place. From left, Terri Mott, Karen Andrews, Melinda Chesnut, Stephanie Troth, Joan Sisco (CEO Mary Ellen’s Place), Jessie Wicks and Marian Hulka.

Scottsdale-chartered Grand Canyon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution participated in a special service project Oct. 11 at Mary Ellen’s Place to honor the society’s National Day of Service, joining a DAR coast to coast celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of DAR and its commitment to local community outreach.

Mary Ellen’s Place, located in north central Phoenix and named for Mary Ellen Piotrowski, a U.S. Navy veteran, offers an affordable solution in housing to the Valley’s women veterans. It provides a supportive home with no limit on age or tenancy and assists in preventing homelessness through affordable rent.

Women veterans who need to decompress are given a safe environment which prepares them for reintegration back into their families and previous social atmospheres.

Grand Canyon Daughters, through the chapter’s DAR Service to Veterans committee, worked alongside residents in cleaning the home and sharing a potluck lunch and socialization. The chapter’s donations included cleaning supplies and five sets of bedding.

DAR , founded in 1890, is a non-profit, non-political women’s service organization dedicated to patriotic endeavor, historic preservation and better education for children and is open to any woman 18 years or older who can trace her lineal descent to a Revolutionary War patriot.

For more information about today’s DAR and Grand Canyon Chapter visit www.dar.org and http://grandcanyon.arizonadar.org. To learn more about Mary Ellen’s Place, go to http://veteransfirstltd.org/mary-ellens-place.

The next meeting of Grand Canyon Chapter is Nov. 7 and will feature a presentation by the DAR Museum Committee, including a trunk show with museum shop items available for purchase as holiday gifts.

Guests are welcome. For reservations, contact regent Kathy Shields at 602-820-5427.

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