We want to remind everyone that Code Purple Sussex County is open each night no matter what the temperature happens to be for the evening. I know there is some confusion due to the announcements given during the frigid cold nights. Please have anyone experiencing homelessness call our hotline at 302-519-0024 to find a bed for the night. The hotline is answered 24/7 by a live person. Find all of our shelter information here: Shelter Sites
We have spots left on our calendars for volunteers to fill. Check out how you can help here: Volunteer Info
We once again want to take the time to thank all of our faithful volunteers! We can’t make this ministry successful!
We want to thank you all so much for getting us halfway through this winter! We have already served well over 100 guests this season. We are in our busiest two months now. There is always a build up from December into January and we stay very full until mid-March. February is a short month, so let’s see if we can fill in all the days on the calendar!
We still have a need for overnight volunteers in Milford. We have dinner slots and intake available at all the shelters. We are still in need of transportation from CROSS in Seaford to Gateway at night and then from Gateway to Seaford in the morning. Some of our volunteers haven’t been able to fit all the ladies in their car.
Here is the link to the calendars. They are very helpful to us in order to keep everything organized. https://codepurplesussexcounty.com/volunteer-site-calendars/
We have a list of ongoing needs that can be found here: https://codepurplesussexcounty.com/needs/ and a list of donation drop off sites here: https://codepurplesussexcounty.com/donations/
In response to some confusion due to the posts sent out by other entities during this cold snap, we want to remind everyone that we have been open every night since December 15th and will be open every night until March 15th. We will operate according to temps March 16th-31st. During that time, we will be open when the temp is 32 or below (that is listed as ON CALL on the sign-up calendar).
Again, we are very grateful to all the wonderful volunteers that have stepped up this year. You have helped us make it a successful season so far and we ask that you continue to support us by signing up and also by sharing our ministry with others.
First, we want to say thank you to everyone that has helped us so far this year. We couldn’t have made it this far without you!
We have 3 months left and we need a lot more help! Honestly, we have struggled some with getting help this year. We realize that with the holidays that it is hard to help if you are out of town. Our hope is that with people arriving back home, they will be able to sign up and help out where needed.
Our biggest shortfall has been in Milford this year. We have many dinners still needed. We have a few days of overnights still left to cover for men. We also still need almost every night covered for ladies. Fortunately, we have not had many female guests in Milford this year. Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/OyrDuhx
Seaford is still in need of a few days of overnight covered as well for both men and ladies. The dinners are coming in pretty well but there are always days left to help feed our guests. Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/tVbqNKZ
Laurel will not open until Jan 3rd because of a lack of overnight volunteers for Wednesday nights. We only need two people willing to stay each Wednesday night. There are still dinner slots open as well. Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/KFZBVEh
Georgetown still has nights that are not covered by volunteers. (There are no meals served at this site.) Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/vpjHZRO
Delmar is rocking it! But we would love to see them build up a great number of volunteers so no one person gets burnt out. Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/esZxDib
Please go and sign up! There are few of us coordinating and we also have families and jobs. We will probably not get around to reaching out to you personally. That is the very reason that we have the calendar available. If you have never volunteered before, DON’T WORRY, we will have someone on site to walk you through your first time volunteering.
Many blessings to everyone that serves alongside us to make Code Purple the ministry that God has called it to be.
A Christmas message to my friends and guest involved with Code Purple, Sussex County, DE
During the past year I have been blessed along with many other volunteers to provide assistance in helping the homeless guests in our community. The joy and the satisfaction received as this years cold season begins is knowing that many of the guests serviced last year have found jobs and a place to live. Though I miss many of those guests, I am thankful that they have been given such opportunities.
Unfortunately there is still a need to help the homeless guests in our community. There is a need to provide food as well as a warm place to sleep. We can provide this service as long as there are enough volunteers to keep the program going. Our most demanding need at present is for overnight volunteers.
Being an overnight volunteer is not a difficult job. When I first started volunteering I was apprehensive about safety or the ability to communicate with the guests. It didn’t take long to realize that the guests were people just like myself. They needed a place to get a meal, a warm bed and love.
The routine for overnight is quite simple. I arrive at the shelter around 8:15 in the evening & check to make sure the totes are ready for the guests and the cots are available. When the guests arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 they set up their cot, get their bedding, put there personal effects in the totes and after some socializing go to sleep! In Milford the guests usually get up around 6:30 AM, put the cots and bedding away and take their personal effects. There is a short time for coffee and clean up of the facility. They leave by 7:00 AM.
I have experienced a few challenges over the past year but the support of the Code Purple staff is overwhelming. Volunteering and helping our homeless guests is not only personally very rewarding , but the right thing to do.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love and Peace
This was written by one of our overnight volunteers that has been faithful over the seasons. We are pleased to share her thoughts here so you can better understand a piece of our ministry.
If you’re wondering what to expect as an overnight volunteer for a Code Purple women’s shelter, I’m happy to share my typical experience.
Women typically arrive at the shelter at about 8:45 PM and “regulars” know the routine; they immediately prepare for “bed” on their air mattresses. There are two bathrooms available and occasionally someone will ask for a toiletry item from the nearby supply room. A guest who is there for the first time is provided with an air mattress, linens, toiletries and other supplies (as needed) and brief instructions as to the layout and expectations. (Lights out at 10, on at 7 am, no leaving the building, & morning chores.) The guests tend to be tired, quiet, private, cooperative and appreciative. Of course there have been a few rare exceptions, but nothing that was unmanageable! Most nights the guests sleep quietly without waking/interruptions for the volunteer.
In the morning the ladies prepare to leave – taking all of their belongings with them. Some leave early to go to a job while others await transportation to the Cross Building or the ACE Center. They have a list of simple chores (wiping down bathrooms, cleaning coffee pot, taking out trash, vacuuming (when needed) which they do willingly. The volunteer adjusts the heat, turns off lights, and departs the building by about 7:50 am. I have always helped transport women back to Seaford, which makes sense logistically, and this is often the best opportunity to converse with the women.
When I began to volunteer it was my hope to have regular opportunities to pray, talk, and get to know the ladies, but that has been a slow process. I always pray for the Holy Spirit’s leading as to when to attempt communicating beyond the superficial. There have been a few meaningful opportunities to share scripture and the gospel and pray together, but that has not been the norm.
Staying at the shelter, for me, is not easy, convenient, or comfortable, but it’s worth it. It is a stretching/growing experience, and God’s grace is always sufficient! I have found there is no greater joy than being in the will of God and answering his Call to share the love, grace, and mercy of Christ (which He has lavished on me!) with others in our community. My prayer is that what feels like a sacrifice now will bear eternal fruit for His kingdom.
We still have a HUGE need for overnight volunteers! Anyone interested in helping will be trained on the job. You may stay your first night with a seasoned volunteer if needed. Please take a look at the following information and let us know if you can fill in on any of the days needed. Even if you can only do a couple days a month, please sign up for those days online.
Milford Nazarene is still in need of female overnight volunteers for every other Friday night, some Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Milford Avenue is still in need male volunteers for some Fridays and Mondays and any other blank spot on the calendar. Please fill out an online volunteer form here Volunteer Registration Form. Here is the link to sign up on the calendar. Milford Calendars.
Seaford: St. Luke’s is still in need of male overnight volunteers on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays. Bridgeville: Gateway Fellowship still needs female overnight volunteers on Fridays, every other Monday, some Wednesdays and some Thursdays. Please fill out a volunteer form here Volunteer Registration Form. Here is the link to sign up on the calendar. Seaford Area Calendars
Bethany: Stone House is still in need of lots of overnight female volunteers. We haven’t opened in that area for lack of them. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what days that you have available so we can plug you into the schedule.
Laurel Nazarene will open January 1st and is still looking for 2 male overnight volunteers for Wednesday nights. Please fill out a volunteer form here Volunteer Registration Form. Please email us at email@example.com to let us know if you can help us!
Georgetown Presbyterian operates as a partnership. We are trying to build up their volunteer base at this time. They are open regardless of volunteers but we would love to see the community get more involved. Please fill out a volunteer form here Volunteer Registration Form. Here is the link to sign up on the calendar Georgetown Calendar.
Delmar is not struggling like the other shelters but we welcome the extra help so we don’t burn out any one person. Please fill out a volunteer form here Volunteer Registration Form. Here is a link to sign up on the calendar Delmar Calendar.
Due to a shortage in overnight help, we will not be able to open the shelters in Milford tonight! They will need to go to Seaford or Bridgeville instead. We have many nights that still need coverage. Please consider helping us stay open at all of our shelters this season!
Click here for more information on volunteering! Volunteer Info
We see that the night time temps are going to be very low until Dec 15th which is the beginning of our nightly openings without regard to temps. So with that in mind, we are calling Code Purple active until March 15th as of Tuesday 12/4! We will be open every night in Seaford, Bridgeville, Laurel (starting Jan 1st), Delmar, Milford, and Georgetown. (Note: Bethany is on hold until more volunteers can be found to stay overnight.) Here is a list of shelters and who they serve. Shelter Info
Please consider helping us by staying overnight at a shelter near you. We need all hands on deck to be open the next 102 days at 8 shelters! We can not open a shelter without overnight volunteers. Check out our volunteer page that explains all the volunteer spots, our online volunteer form, and link to the calendars for signing up! Volunteer Info
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions. We are so thankful for all of the support that we receive from the community. You guys are awesome!
If you are experiencing homelessness and need shelter, please call our hotline at 302-519-0024.
We are pleased to announce that we will have some shelters available starting Monday night! We don’t have enough volunteers to open every site but hopefully, people will start signing up soon that we can provide safety and warmth each night this winter.
Milford: Dinner will be held at 7pm at Congregation of the Most High Yahveh located at 9 S.E. 2nd Street, Milford, DE 19963. Then the ladies will go to Milford Nazarene ( 11 Salevan, Milford, DE 19963) and the men to Milford Avenue (20 N Church Street, Milford, DE 19963) to sleep for the night.
Delmar: 7pm at Renovate Church (800 E. East Street, Delmar, MD 21875). Dinner is provided on site.
Seaford: Dinner will be held at 7pm at The CROSS Building: 703 East King St., Seaford, DE 19973. The ladies will go to Gateway Fellowship (8110 Cannon RD, Bridgeville, DE 19933) and the men will go to St Luke’s Parish Hall (202 N North Street, Seaford, DE 19973).
Georgetown Presbyterian: 203 N Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947 will open at 9pm with a light dinner provided.
Click here for a complete list of shelters Shelter List.
We are in need of many more overnight volunteers. It isn’t looking like we can open each shelter each night. Please consider giving us a few nights of your month! Click here to fill out a volunteer form. Volunteer Form. Check out our calendars here and sign up for any day that you would like to help us! Volunteer Calendars.
Code Purple Sussex County will begin Monday night! Unfortunately, we do not have enough overnight volunteers to cover all the nights. That’s the main reason that we haven’t opened any earlier than when the online calendar starts. PLEASE consider giving a bit of your time to help at one of our shelters. Remember the buddy challenge, if you want to have a friend stay with you then you won’t have to stay alone. Anyone who went to a training, please go and sign up for the night that you specified on your volunteer forms. We don’t have a volunteer coordinator so that would be very helpful to us. If you did not make it to a training, then we will train you on the job. Just fill out this form Online Volunteer Form and it will be emailed directly to us. Then go to our Volunteer Site Calendars and fill in the days that you would like to volunteer! Contact us via email at email@example.com if you have any questions.