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Delaware Health and Social Services

DHSS Press Release

Date: December 8, 2015
DHSS-12-2015

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us


BRIGHT SPOT VENTURES POINSETTIA SALE CONTINUES THROUGH DEC. 23 AT DHSS GREENHOUSE; BENEFITS YOUNG PEOPLE AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE AND FORMER CLIENTS AT DPC


NEW CASTLE (Dec. 8, 2015) - Through a partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services, West End Neighborhood House's program to support young people aging out of foster care and former clients of the Delaware Psychiatric Center has turned the DHSS Greenhouse into a colorful sea of red, pink and white poinsettias for sale this holiday season.

Bright Spot Ventures, which employs, empowers and equips young people aging out of foster care and adults with disabilities, has grown more than 2,700 poinsettias in the DHSS Greenhouse on the Herman Holloway Campus near New Castle. The sale runs through Dec. 23.

Available in red, white and pink, the 6.5-inch pots have to four to six blooms ($7.95 each, including pot cover and sleeve); in hanging baskets ($20); and large floor pots with multiple plants ($30). In addition to the traditional colors, the greenhouse also offers poinsettias in burgundy, sparkle and marble.

"Buying poinsettias for your home, workplace or church is a great way to celebrate the holidays and to support employment opportunities for young people aging out of foster care and adults with disabilities as they learn about horticulture and business," DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf said. "We are so appreciative of our partnership with Bright Spot Ventures, and the difference this program is making in our community."

Orders of 25 or more plants are delivered for no additional charge to one location in New Castle County. Smaller orders can be picked up at the greenhouse, 1901 N. DuPont Highway (U.S. 13) on the Herman Holloway Campus. Follow the signs for the greenhouse, which is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To order, call the greenhouse at 302-255-2993.

Photos of the poinsettias are available for use and can be downloaded from DHSS' flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/deldhss/albums/72157661792925016



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

Last Updated: Wednesday December 09 2015
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