Helene Pierson came to Stand Up For Salem in October of 2013 as the Director of Community Development and project manager under the newly launched Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Program, a $985,000 grant.
Most people got to know Helene, as she completed 170 projects in the city including demolitions, board ups of abandoned houses, homeowner façade improvements in the Oak to Olive Street neighborhood and supported the Olive Street and Hires Avenue Community Gardens.
During her time with SUFS Helen secured two additional NRTC grants for $98,000 and $267,000; a small cities grant for $150,000 and $600,000 from Wells Fargo Community Foundation along with Chris Davenport.
The last grant she wrote netted the city $400,000 to fix the sidewalks and tree issues on Oak Street, a project which the city will be implementing in the near future.
Helene has gone on to become the Executive Director of the Seaman’s Church Institute of Philadelphia & South Jersey which serves the needs of seafarers and the maritime community of the Delaware River. We wish her the very best of luck in her new position.