Tonight is our final night of the season. Tomorrow morning we will bid farewell to each of those that have found a haven in Code Purple Sussex County. We are, as always, saddened by the prospect of our guests making their way on the streets. These are our neighbors, friends, and loved ones. They will need continued prayer and the support of everyone that cares about what happens in the community.
We have found joy in providing 105 nights of safe, warm shelter for our guests. We accomplished this despite Covid. Our volunteers braved the waters (or should we say air) and came to spend the night with our guests, and we are happy to report that we had not one Covid case. Our volunteers have talked, prayed, cried, and given selflessly to those they cared for each night. We are sure they are tired, but it is a tiredness that you find satisfaction inside. We praise God for allowing us to have another successful winter season and seeing us through to the end.
We want to thank the churches that allow us to use their spaces to offer warmth and shelter. We had five churches this season; Stein Hwy Church of God, Grace Seaford, Georgetown Presbyterian, Milford Avenue Methodist, and Milford Nazarene. We were also grateful for the use of Troop 7 for a second season.
We are very thankful to anyone and everyone that gave donations in any form. You took your time and talents to provide essentials for those in need. We could not do it without you backing us.
Now, as we move into another part of the year, we will continue to provide food, clothing, and essentials to those that call in through LoveINC of Mid-Delmarva. We will continue to seek help and walk alongside anyone experiencing homelessness that would like to pursue a healthy life.
We will continue to need volunteers at LoveINC of Mid-Delmarva if you would like to help us year-round. You can call 302-629-7050 or 302-956-6006 to let them know you would like to help!
We have felt so much support amid the craziness that this year has brought. The community has loved on us with food, supplies, and a general sense of gratitude for the help that we provide!
*Have you wanted to get involved but have not known how?
*Maybe you think that it’s to much during the first of the holiday season.
*Worried about being alone?
This would be a GREAT time to come in and be trained with an experienced volunteer. This would give you a head start on jumping in next season! Our volunteers have served tirelessly this winter and would love to have some extra support. We have managed to stay open each night but it would be great to grow our team! \
We can send you more information via email. Reach us at email@example.com or call 302-956-6006 ext 302.
We have had a great beginning of the season! There is still a need for people to sign up and help us this season. Don’t miss out on helping serve our communities! You will find the links to the signup calendars below.
Milford Calendar includes:
Milford Avenue Methodist Church (Men)
Milford Nazarene Church (Women)
The Gathering at the Table Family Kitchen – located at Milford Presbyterian Church, 101 S Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963. Mondays 6:30-7:30pm.
Seaford Calendar includes:
Pathways @ Stein Hwy at Church of God (Men)
Grace Seaford (Women)
Dinners for the Seaford area will be to-go style and will be able to be picked up from the CROSS at 7pm each night.
The CROSS building is located at 703 East King Street, Seaford, DE 19973.
Georgetown Calendar includes:
Georgetown Presbyterian Church (Men)
No meal provided at this time.
Cape Region Calendar:
Troop 7 (Men)
Meals provided on site.
We can’t believe December 1st is finally here! We have been actively planning in the midst of these crazy times. It has changed some of the pieces of sheltering our guests but it hasn’t changed our mission. We will still provide a warm, safe sleeping space for anyone experiencing homelessness this winter.
We are still in need of lots of help! Didn’t make it to a training? Don’t let that stop you. We can send you all the training materials and someone will be there to help you through your first time helping. Please see https://codepurplesussexcounty.com/volunteers/ in order to fill out an online volunteer form.
Here is a list of the current shelters:
We have an easy way to sign up online: https://codepurplesussexcounty.com/volunteer-site-calendars/ Each town has it’s own calendar to help you find the space where you would like to serve.
Please contact us at 302-956-6006 with any questions.
Please don’t read this and pass it on by thinking that someone else will sign up to help. This could be the mission that YOU are needed for!
We have scheduled training for each individual shelter site. In an effort to keep social distancing practices, we are training you at the shelter where you would like to volunteer. Example: You want to do intake or overnight volunteering at Georgetown Presbyterian, then you would attend the training at that specific site. Check out our Facebook page for events. Let us know if you are coming.
Here is all the information for the scheduled training events.
Training for Laurel Nazarene Site
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7 PM
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 7 PM
100 Walnut St, Laurel, DE 19956
Training for Milford Nazarene Site
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 7PM
11 Salevan Pl, Milford, DE 19973
Training for Seaford Grace Church
Monday, November 16, 2020 at 7 PM
805 Atlanta Rd, Seaford, DE 19973
Training for Georgetown Presbyterian
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM
203 N Bedford St, Georgetown, DE 19947
Training for Milford Avenue Methodist Site
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7 PM
20 N Church Ave Milford, DE 19963
Training for Pathways Building @Stein Hwy COG
Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7pm
425 Stein Hwy Seaford, DE 19973
Please be on the look out for additional training events. We will be adding to this list as we add on more shelter sites!
This year we have implemented new protocols due to Covid-19. Please be sure to contact us if you are not able to make it to a shelter after reserving your bed so that we can help someone else stay night. Please be patient with us as we navigate this new system and be assured that we are doing everything possible to ensure a safe season!
It’s time to start training for the upcoming season! Planning for the season has been a challenge but we met that challenge with best practices and CDC recommendations. Now we need you to rise to our challenge. We have many volunteers who, very understandably, can not serve with us this year. Will you step up and help us make this year a successful season full of compassion and mercy? We will announce training dates on Wednesday!
We’ve been a little quiet but don’t fear, we are planning for the upcoming season. We are so fortunate to be under LoveINC’s umbrella. They have been taking care of hotel stays, food, and care of people experiencing homelessness during these trying times. This gives our Code Purple volunteers time to rest up and prepare for the winter. We are one but many hands in different areas help carry our neighbors in need throughout the year.
Please consider reaching out if you would like to get your church involved with helping us! We will come, speak and share the vision of LoveINC and Code Purple! We know there are many people with gifts and talents that can be used in our ministry. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on FB to arrange a time to share!
The first night that our Code Purple shelters close is always sorrowful. We all realize that just because the shelter isn’t open, our problem of homelessness has not miraculously gone away. We have fought to keep our shelters staffed, to help our community members experiencing homelessness get through the cold nights of winter. Our volunteers, that have built friendships with our guests, are wondering where guests are spending their first night without a bed or maybe even a roof. I am certain that we have all felt every emotion possible this season but the greatest of these is Love. A love that overlooks the messy nature of shelter living…. a love that overlooks anger…. a love that overlooks a broken mind…. a love that overlooks the snarky comment. It’s a love that sees the scared heart of another human being experiencing some of the worst days of their lives and understands that behaviors aren’t always a true indicator of character.
Thank you to every volunteer that served alongside us to provide meals, donations, clean linens, transportation, intake, and safety overnight. We could not make this ministry work without you and the community! Each of you continues to amaze us with the support that you provide. We understand how tired each one is at the end of the season so please have a good rest and we hope to see you next winter.
We realize the great need for shelter resources. Will you think about joining us in the ministry? The more hands that we have available, the more that we can accomplish. We continue to plan and hope to gain more servants throughout the year. You can help make a difference for so many in need. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about us and what we offer each winter. We would love to meet with you and build resources in the Kingdom together!