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Group of adults in a food pantry.

project
of
easton

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Group of adults giving out food.

Our Mission

ProJeCt of Easton's mission is to build a better community by helping people help themselves. We prepare people to succeed in work, school, and life by providing support and instruction in the skills needed to break the cycle of poverty and achieve their goals.

In 1968, an unprecedented coalition of Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic community leaders joined hands with a shared belief in the potential for positive change. They ignited a movement, a collective effort to alleviate poverty and drive meaningful impact.

Early accomplishments include the establishment of a youth center, a dental clinic, and a well-baby clinic, a drop-in center for the disabled, a citywide weatherization and housing rehabilitation program, a restitution program for juvenile offenders, and a shelter program.

Project Easton building.
Helping People help themselves
Young teen working on class assignment.

our history

Literacy education services began with a volunteer tutoring program for adults in 1979.  In the ensuing years, ProJeCt added classroom instruction with professional teachers offering instruction to every level learner.  In 1985, ProJeCt established an emergency assistance program that helped the poor meet their most basic needs for food, shelter, and medicine.  In the early 1990s, ProJeCt assumed operation of Easton’s Interfaith Food Pantry. After school programs, a summer literacy day camp, and the Easton Middle School Success Program were introduced during the 1990s to meet the needs of school age children.   


ProJeCt has a history of visible, proactive leadership in providing collaborative services to the community.

We build our services through partnerships with many community organizations, faith groups, government and volunteers.   


ProJeCt’s current model of service recognizes that poverty is complex and that families benefit from high quality evidence-based, holistic and seamless support. The agency offers a continuum of research-based programs and builds partnerships intended to fill gaps in services.  ProJeCt is committed to high fidelity implementation of evidence-based practices and programs that make a measurable impact on the people served and the community.

Today, we carry forward their legacy by embracing an unwavering commitment to our community by providing services that impact more than 7,000 people each year.

Kids in front of Green Team Sweet Treats van.

Meet the team

Rachael Arsenault
Teaching & Learning Manager
Kim Checkeye
Executive Director
Hollie Cummings
PM GED Teacher
Holly Davis-Hockman
Coordinator of Program Operations
Tanya Dean
Director of Administration
Nicole Delgado
ECE Aide
April Giles
ECE Aide
Barbara Hower
Finance and Administration Coordinator
Deborah Hunter
PM ESL Teacher
Keith Lampman-Perlman
Director of Development
Ruth Lanausse
AM GED Teacher
Breanna Maskalis
Student Support Coordinator
Morgan McKay
Community Relations Coordinator
Elsie Mendez
AM ESL Teacher
Emery Owens
Director of Finance
Jennifer Parker
Early Childhood Education Manager
Valerie Piacentini
Food Pantry Case Manager
Sarah Pulcini
School-Based Program Manager
Erin Roman
Director of Programs
Ange Rosario
Case Manager
Andrea Stull
Literacy Case Manager
Marigrace Talbot
AM ESL Teacher
Kathy Tyrell
Administrative Assistant

board of directors

Alan Abraham
Concannon, Miller & Co., P.C.
William D. Bryson
Attala Steel Industries
Erin Deutsch
Greater Lehigh Valley
Chamber of Commerce
Misty Holmes Dorsey
Revival Fire Ministries Int'l
Debra Ashton-Chase
Ashton Funeral Home
Daniel E. Cohen
Hof & Reid, LLC
Sharon DiFelice
President
Retired, Crayola
Cary J. Giacalone II
CPA, Treasurer
Clifton, Larson, Allen LLP
Pete Reinke
Univest Bank
Thomas J. Schlegel
Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.
Andrea Schwartz
Life Church Lehigh Valley
Ryan Seiple
Pennsylvania State Police
Linda Tretiak
Vice President
Retired, Sodexo
Mary Wilford-Hunt
Lafayette College