Three employees with PEACE Inc. received awards for their work helping people living in poverty. Theresa Mulroy received the Personal Achievement Award, Marc Sustache the Program Service Award and Rasheada Caldwell the Leadership Award. All awards were presented by The New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA).
Mulroy was a victim of domestic abuse and came to PEACE for help putting her life back together. In the first few months, she relied on supportive services such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), public assistance and sought out counseling services and medical care. Overtime, Mulroy joined the advisory board of the Family Resource Center, purchased a car and bought her own home. Now a successful business owner and the proud parent of a college student, Mulroy continues to volunteer in the community and advocate for women’s empowerment.
Sustache has worked for PEACE Department of Energy and Housing Services for 20 years, rising up the ranks from crew member to crew leader. He is currently the crew supervisor. Always willing to pitch in to help wherever needed, Sustache treats his co-workers and customers with respect and confidence. Because of his vast knowledge and ability to remain calm, he is often the first person called when a crew member runs into a challenge in the field.
Caldwell is dedicated to improving the lives of under-served people in the community and brings her high energy approach to helping people reach their potential. She embodies the values of justice, peace, dignity and equality as she leads a vibrant community resource center, runs the Let Me Be Great Foundation in honor of her son who was murdered in 2017 and coaches girls’ high school basketball. Through her commitment and dedication, Caldwell challenges those around her to become involved and do more to help each other and improve the community.
“I’m extremely proud of Rasheada, Marc and Martha” said Joe O’Hara, PEACE’s executive director. “They exemplify the mission of PEACE – helping people in the community to become self-sufficient.”
— Staff Report