“All God’s children on one accord, with one heart, helping others who are in need.”
(Inspired by ACTS 4:32-35)
2016 SHARE THE HARVEST
FREE, HOT, FULL COURSE MEALS INCLUDE:
(SALAD, TURKEY & SIDE, DESSERT, BEVERAGE & UTENSIL)
Born on May 28, 1956, Debi Hall-Dean was the last of six children born to the late Rev. Johnnie M. and Vestella Hall. She is a native of Newark, NJ, where she attended the Public School System. In the two decades immediately following her graduation from Vailsburg High School in 1973, Debi entered the workforce of Corporate America. At New Jersey Bell, UMDNJ and Local 108, RWDSU, and she would quickly climb the proverbial "ladder of success" to managerial and administrative positions. While Debi excelled in the workplace, there was always the feeling that God had a greater PURPOSE for her life.
OCTOBER 8, 2016
MY SISTER'S LIGHTHOUSE RESOURCE ENTER 5TH ANNUAL AWARENESS WALK
WALK STARTS ON: THE CORNER OF LINCOLN PARK & BROAD ST
WALK ENDS AT: LINCOLN PARK WITH CHECK POINTS AT CITY HALL
920 BROAD ST. NEWARK, NJ
SEPT. 20TH 9AM-9PM SEPT.21ST
REGISTRATION= $10 (REGISTRATION FEE FOR WALK) . SIGN UP BEGINS @ 8AM & WALK STARTS @ 9PM
DEBI HALL-DEAN, FOUNDING DIRECTOR
PARTNERS IN A.C.T.S.
In 1994, Debi was diagnosed with a chronic illness that would ironically change the trajectory of her life for the good. While waiting to be approved for disability benefits, she began to explore a variety of home-based "businesses", simply to survive. As a result, she became proficient in graphic arts, desktop publishing, certified in catering and event planning, and developed an inmate knack and love for community organizing and advocacy. Unbeknownst to her at the time, all these things would come to serve her well as she set out to fulfill her real life purpose and passion...Community service.
A self-proclaimed advocate for the community at-large and an active, faithful member of her church, Debi has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations for he work in both arenas. From leading her Block Association in the replacement of destructive trees and sidewalks; serving as a consultant for the City of Newark Safe Summer initiative; holding multiple offices and chairing Church-based activities; to the development and building of the Church Outreach Committee to a full-fledged non-profit CBO called Partners in A.C.T.S.. Debi is always ready to give her all to a cause that will enhance the quality of life for others. In January 2014, she co-founded the Grassroots Emergency Overnight Warming Stations. This all volunteer group of residents was organized to provide Newark's very first overnight shelters for those that she calls her "Neighbors With No Address" during extreme weather. Since that time, the Grassroots group successfully campaigned for the Essex County Code Blue policy, (established in December of 2014), and are currently working diligently to insure the enactment of legislation known as A815, which will provide comprehensive Code Blue and Code Red (for extreme heat) provisions across the State of New Jersey. Debi credits her success with these and other initiatives to her "villages"; like-minded people with genuine hearts of love compassion for our fellow man. In fact she recently organized that village to form PACTION Newark, a Consortium of servant-leaders and organizations who share her belief that we are our brother's and sister's keeper. Debi has always known and proclaimed her priorities in life to be God, Family, and Community...in that order.
She is the proud mother of Tara V. Brown (and son-in-law Darryle), and her "prides of joy x3" (grandchildren), Xavier, Kelli, and Kennedi. Her mantra and favorite scripture is found in Luke 12:48,"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." She says, " God has entrusted me with unique gifts...not to keep them to myself, but to USE for his glory. As much as I have been blessed throughout my life, how could I NOT pay it forward and work each day to be blessing to others? Service for me is not an option, it's an obligation... and it's my PURPOSE!"