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Press Release

May 9, 2003

The NYC Administration for Children’s Services and Delta Funding Corp. Honor 24 Heroines on “Mother Friday”

Delta Treats Women in ACS’s Family Preservation Program to a Day at the Spa; Musical Guests Entertain Mothers and Remind Them How Special They Are.

During an unprecedented day-long event in Brooklyn, 24 extraordinary women will be feted and pampered in uncustomary ways. Manicures, pedicures and new hairdo’s are just the beginning. Throw in a catered lunch, music by a world-renowned jazz trio and overstuffed gift bags and you’ve got a day any mother would love.

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and Delta Funding Corporation hosted a special Mother’s Day celebration for mothers in the Bushwick/Brownsville, Brooklyn division of ACS’s Family Preservation Program (FPP). On MOTHER Friday, 24 women were treated to a day at the spa in recognition of their achievements as mothers in a socially and economically challenging environment.

“ACS is proud to team with Delta Funding for Mother’s Day to applaud these 24 women for their commitment to their children, and for their hard work in overcoming obstacles,” said ACS Commissioner William C. Bell. “ACS is grateful to organizations like Delta Funding that make it possible for us to remind these individuals that their achievements have a positive impact not only on their child’s life, but also on their own.”

MOTHER Friday – which stands for “Mothers On The Health and Education Rise” – includes food, fun and pampering at Cavale Tonuzi Spa at 8211 Third Ave., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and musical entertainment provided by jazz musician Andrew Lamb and Miss Teen Trinidad/Tobago, Afiya Modeste. The mothers were also provided with a gift bag from Delta that included toiletries and related sundries, as well as an emergency cell phone.

The entire event was made possible by support from Delta Funding’s Helping Hands community outreach program.

“Delta and I commend each of the mothers who have been able to overcome differing degrees of adversity and we are pleased to be able to treat each of them to much deserved day of pampering and indulgence,” said Delta CEO and President Hugh Miller.

The mothers we celebrate today, through their actions, resilience and hard work are proof that a mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary,” Miller said.

ACS’s Family Preservation Program is a voluntary service that provides crisis intervention for at-risk families. Under the program, an ACS caseworker spends 10 to 20 hours a week with a family so that they may remain together while addressing the issues that are causing an unsafe or unstable living environment for a child. Parents are referred to the program by ACS staff or the Family Court after an investigation into an allegation of child abuse or neglect. ACS applies a neighborhood-based model in delivering FPP and serves families through offices in 15 communities throughout all five boroughs. The honorees were chosen based on their extraordinary commitment to making life-changing decisions.

Delta Funding Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Financial Corporation, a specialty consumer finance company that originates, securitizes and sells non-conforming mortgage loans. Based in Woodbury, New York, Delta originates loans primarily in 20 states through a network of 1,500 brokers. Through initiatives such as Helping Hands, Delta also maintains a commitment to the community where its customers and employees live and work.

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects and ensures the safety and well being of New York City’s children and strengthens families. Formed in 1996, the agency oversees the City’s programs of child protection, foster care, preventive services, adoption, child support enforcement, childcare and Head Start.

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