Self Help Movement last week held its annual reception, honoring U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle and accepting big bucks from the federal and state governments.
The event took place on June 1 at Knowlton Mansion and featured food, basket raffles and a silent auction.
Bob Dellavella has been CEO of Self Help, based at 2600 Southampton Road, for 13 years. Joseph Ruggiero, Self Help’s founder and retired longtime CEO, was also on hand.
Former U.S. Rep. Bob Brady introduced Boyle, who received Self Help’s Commitment to Recovery Award. Boyle received a crystal eagle, which, at Self Help, represents the journey from addiction to sobriety.
Boyle presented Self Help with a check for $1.5 million. A former member of Self Help’s advisory board, he called Ruggiero a “true visionary” and said Dellavella and his staff are “doing the Lord’s work.”
Boyle said, since the pandemic, there has been a rise in alcoholism, drug abuse and mental health issues.
“We need Self Help today more than ever,” he said.
State Sen. Jim Dillon presented Self Help with a check for $112,000, which was spent on kitchen improvements and purchase of a Ford F-150 truck.
Dellavella thanked his employees, board of directors, board of advisers, sponsors and political supporters, along with his wife Angie and executive assistant Linda Kilkenny.
“This organization saves lives,” Brady said.
To inquire about admission to Self Help Movement, call 215-677-7778. ••