We are pleased to announce that we will be opening a Code Purple site at Faith UMC in Rehoboth for women! That fills a large need in that area of Sussex this year.
We realize the urgency to help keep people safe and warm during the winter is great in Sussex County. I’m not sure if local residents realize that we only have 2 year round shelters (at the moment one is actually getting much needed renovations). They each hold roughly 15 beds. Knowing that after hearing we served almost 300 people last year at 7 sites, shows the need is much greater than the resources available at this time.
This need for beds necessitates another need…..VOLUNTEERS!
There have been some frigid nights so far in November and we have been getting numerous calls asking where people can find shelter. The hard truth is that there are not enough beds available and we do not have enough help to open early. Some people get upset with us because they feel like we aren’t doing enough. You must understand that Code Purple is a volunteer run and donation funded ministry. We can only help as much as the community commits to helping.
Honestly, we have a really hard time finding people to stay overnight but doesn’t it make sense to ensure that everyone in our shelters are safe and free from the harm that may confront them on the streets? We want to be different than the other places that may have experienced in their life.
We know that staying once a week may seem like a daunting task. We don’t mind if you give us once a week, once a month or ONCE the entire winter. That will be one more night that we can open. The intake, meals, etc are all great but without overnight volunteers, we can’t do any of those other things. PLEASE consider giving whatever you can offer this winter so that we can care for those in our community. We can take the time they are staying with us to speak great truths into their lives and see transformation!
We still have 3 TRAINING EVENTS left! There is still to fill up the calendars before we even open the first night!