The Governor’s Welfare Employment Committee announced the winners of its 2017 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Employment Awards of Excellence as it recognized 39 employers in Delaware, who hire, train and maintain positive working relationships with employees who receive TANF benefits, and 47 TANF clients who have succeeded in the workplace despite the challenges they have faced.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by individuals and organizations from communities across the state, and winners were selected by members of the Governor’s Welfare Employment Committee. One award is presented to an employer and an employee from each county, as well as one overall award to an employer and an employee.

The employee winners of the 2017 TANF Employment Awards of Excellence, who were honored at a breakfast ceremony April 19 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, are Gienavive Johnson, New Castle County; Patricia Milburn, Kent County; Valarie Purnell, Sussex County; and Akira Collins, statewide.

The employer winners of the 2017 TANF Employment Awards of Excellence are Dust Away Cleaning, New Castle County; God’s Way Thrift Store, Kent County; Delmarva Clergy United in Social Actions, Sussex County; and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, statewide.

A total of 47 employees — 19 from New Castle County, 16 from Sussex County and 12 from Kent County — were nominated, along with 39 employers.

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