“As the Mayor of the Borough of Homestead, I am pleased to support the conception of a long awaited activity center for the youth of the Steel Valley… The community is anticipating wonderful results from having this type of facility within their boundaries. Collaborating with local non-profits as well as our schools is another positive feature of this program. I feel enriching children’s lives in as many ways as possible is a worthwhile health goal for the entire Steel valley, and I am anxious to see the results of this type of learning”
– Betty Esper, Mayor of Homestead Borough
“Like many other steel towns, the collapse of the steel industry, particularly US Steel’s Homestead Works, in the 1980’s led to great economic distress throughout the Steel Valley area that persists to this day…. As the Superintendent of Steel Valley School District, I see many ways in which The Dragon’s Den will complement our curriculum. As a resident in the Steel Valley community, I am excited that passionate and caring people like the Petrucci’s are bringing their creative energies to Homestead. I look forward to working together with the Dragon’s Den in an effort to improve the lives of the children of our community.”
– Edward Wehrer, Superintendent, Steel Valley School District.
“As the Co-Founder and President of another non-profit … I wholeheartedly support such an innovative youth center. Mrs Giulia Petrucci, the founder, made a concerted effort to meet with me last year to get my reactions, to benchmark her programs, and to discuss opportunities for partnership and collaboration. I was impressed by her energy, her passion, her drive, and her creativity. I knew then that it would only be a matter of time before she achieved her dream for the children of Homestead.”
– Josephine B. Moore, Co-Founder & President Emerita
“This initiative is sorely needed in the Steel Valley area. Since the decline of the steel industry, many businesses have closed and many residents have relocated, the children who live in the community today, as well as surrounding communities will benefit from the opportunity to grow their leadership skills as well as trust, respect and responsibility, the children need and deserve a sage environment that will help grow needed skills in a safe environment. I am excited to welcome this endeavor to our community. I look forward to working with Dragon’s Den and exploring partnerships that can benefit the students of Saint Therese School and the surrounding communities”
– Jonathan M. Cuniak, Saint Therese School Principal