Dr. Maribel Garcia, M.D.
President Dr. Maribel is a Pastor and medical doctor serving Delaware for over 20 years at Beebe Medical Center and at Federally qualified health centers. Dr. Garcia has loved Delaware for quite a while and you can tell it when you talk to her. She is committed to finding new and innovative ways to help create solutions to battling homelessness, addiction and mental health crisis. She is a site director for the Women’s sanctuary shelter in Dover at Maranatha Life Changing Church.
Vice President & Resident Coordinator, Specialist in Tiny Home and Low Income Housing Projects
Sue has been an active member of the Delaware community protecting the rights of vulnerable citizens. Her past experience includes working with the Delaware Department of Education, Polytech Adult Education, Capital School District and educated at University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College, Her volunteer work spans years while serving at Peoples Church of Dover / Community Center, Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, Code Purple and the founder of Port Hope Delaware.
Past President / CPO / Development Chair / Resident Coordinator Ennio Emmanuel is a spokesperson and philanthropist. Born in New York, he was raised in Delaware for most of his life and his love for this area has grown his passion to help make it better. Weekly you’ll find him leading events at his local church, volunteering at Code Purple or working on something new with his music. Ennio Emmanuel adds his work with Code Purple to his every day life which involves his full time jobs in project management marketing, music production, writing, insurance, real estate, business development, communications and public relations.
Babita Jagnanan has spent 20 years in the recycling industry, mostly in the brokering of bulk recyclables globally. “Viewing my community through that lens, I began to notice a lack of alternatives for locals to dispose of their textiles other than in the trash,” she says, noting that about 85 percent of textiles are trashed in the U.S. each year. Additionally, she says, “Education is lacking on what constitutes a viable recyclable item. …I felt that the void for Delaware needed to be filled through education, [partnerships] and collecting items for reuse.” In 2019 she opened Phoenix, a company that collects used clothing for recycling. “One of the most important aspects of encouraging recycling is convenience,” Jagnanan points out. “Easy access to and awareness of drop-off locations throughout the community is crucial.” Collected items are sorted and redistributed to such partners as schools, churches and recovery houses. “My primary focus is to support those in recovery, those facing housing insecurity and underprivileged families struggling to dress for school and work,” she says. Reuse of these textiles also provides jobs—to collect, process and disseminate goods—while making an environmental impact. “With more people adopting this lifestyle change, manufacturing is decreased. This can have a significant impact in reducing greenhouse gases produced in landfills during the breakdown of textiles,” she says.