Praises sung for prison chap­lain

Rev­erend Doris Ha­ley re­ceives ci­ta­tion from Ch­ester County com­mis­sion­ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter

WEST CH­ESTER >> A dear friend of the Rev­erend Doris Ha­ley put it this way, speak­ing of the essence of her char­ac­ter dur­ing a re­cent Ch­ester County com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing at which her 40 years of ser­vice to the needy in the county was praised.

“Doris has only one di­rec­tion to go and that is for­ward,” said Toby Gel­man, who works with Ha­ley in her post as chap­lain of the Lions Club in Ch­ester and Berks coun­ties. “If you see Doris com­ing to­wards you it is for one of two rea­sons: To ask you to help her do some­thing, or to of­fer to help.”

Ha­ley, who dis­closed her age at a pre­co­cious 39 years — “Don’t be putting that old age on me!” she ex­claimed — was hon­ored by the com­mis­sion­ers with a ci­ta­tion for “her un­selfish ded­i­ca­tion that has changed the lives of so many Ch­ester County cit­i­zens, young and old.”

Ha­ley works as chap­lain at the county’s Po­cop­son Home for el­derly res­i­dents, the Ch­ester County Prison, the Ch­ester County Youth Cen­ter for delin­quent ju­ve­niles, as well as a mul­ti­tude of com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Lions Club and the Ch­ester County Fam­ily Academy.”

Of­fi­cials from Po­cop­son, the prison, and the Youth Cen­ter all ap­peared at the com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing Tues­day to sing her praises.

“We have the priv­i­lege of work­ing with Doris Ha­ley each and ev­ery day at Po­cop­son, full-time,” said Jac­que­line McKenna, the fa­cil­ity’s ad­min­is­tra­tor. ”She is just an in­cred­i­ble woman. Her en­ergy is con­ta­gious, it is bound­less.”

Dee Stadt­miller, an ac­tiv­i­ties di­rec­tor of Po­cop­son, said she had worked with Ha­ley for 25

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