Deloris Quaranta - Jacksonville, Florida
Deloris Quarnata served in the United States Air Force from 1978 to 1998. She has served her Nation and the State of Florida honorably.
In 2011, Ms Quaranta began forming Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc, in response to a need in the community. She first acquired a grant from the Women's Giving Alliance. She partnered with University of Florida and the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition to do research in NE Florida to assess the needs of women Veterans. Project "RestorHER" was completed in 2016. The final report resulted in the creation of "HerTOT AL Wellness" which is a 6-week program designed to empower women veterans on their path to self-sufficiency by addressing their holistic needs. HerTOTALWellness is focused on three primary domains of wellness: Body, Mind, and Economic Empowerment. Now in chart 14, this program has been proven to be impactful, even preventing suicide.
She is a sought after expert on the status of women veterans. She has traveled to the state capital as well as Washington DC to advocate on behalf of women veterans. Starting out, there was very little emphasis on women veterans. Her ability to deliver with passion and commitment has reached the ears of elected officials, even from other states. As part of her advocacy strategy to bring awareness, she led the collaboration of several community partners and hosted a weeklong celebration recognizing the accomplishments of women veterans on the First Coast. She was able to have the city of Jacksonville proclaim the 3rd week in March of each year, "Women Veterans Recognition Week" now going into its 7th year of celebration. The celebration culminated at a gala recognizing and honoring WWII and Korean War Female Veterans (Trailblazers) who had never been honored for their work and who assumed to be forgotten. She has served on numerous panels locally and nationally to speak concerning women veterans. She provides updates on national initiatives supporting veterans and serves a key resource for women vets in the community.
As CEO of a non-profit, Ms Quaranta has worked without pay for 8 years (1 paid). This contribution in itself, is noteworthy. She serves on the Duval County Veterans Council, currently serving on the VyStar Veteran's Trust fund committee that determines recipients of grants. She is member of the Community & Veterans Engagement Board as Chair of Women Veterans initiatives. She serves on the Homeless Veterans Standdown committee and started an initiative to provide items for women veterans through the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. She serves on the mayor's MLK committee. In addition, she is a cancer survivor and raise funds for Making Strides for Breast Cancer.