We are very excited to be opening for shelter today! We have been busy prepping our sites to invite guests in out of the harsh elements. Anyone experiencing homelessness can show up at any shelter site before 9pm and they will receive a warm safe space to sleep.
Hotline # for those in need: 302-519-0024
A live person will answer your call 24/7 during the winter season. (Occasionally you will have to leave a message. You will get a return call.)
These are the sites opening tonight:
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Shelter is located in the parish hall.)
202 N. North St.
Seaford, DE 19973
Men only. Check- in 8:30pm. Check-out 7:45am.
Meals provided at The CROSS for dinner at 7:00pm.
8110 Cannon Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
Women (with or w/o children) only.
Check-in 8:30 pm. Check-out 7:45am.
Women can meet at The CROSS for dinner at 7:00pm. Transportation will be provided to Gateway at 8:30pm and then back to Seaford in the morning.
——The CROSS building is located at 703 East King Street, Seaford, DE 19973.——
Avenue United Methodist Church
20 N Church Street
Milford, DE 19963
Men only (We are not allowed to house sex offenders at this location due to the preschool located inside part of the church. Other arrangements may be made to check in to a different shelter.)
Check-in 8:30pm. Check-out 7:00am.
Meals provided at 7pm-8:30pm. Location: Milford Nazarene Church located @ 11 NW Salevan Pl., Milford, DE 19963.
11 NW Salevan Pl.
Milford, DE 19963
Women (with or w/o children) only.
Check-in 7:00pm. Check-out 7:45am.
Meals provided on site.
800 E. East Street
Delmar, MD 21875
Check-in 7:00pm. Check-out 7:45.
Meals provided on site.
Georgetown Presbyterian Church
203 N Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Men and Women (with or w/o children) *two separate sections*
Check-in 9pm (Except Saturdays 11pm). Check-out 7:45am.
No dinner provided at this time.
Bethany Stone House
21 N Pennsylvania Avenue
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Check-in 6:30pm. Check-out 8:00am.
Meals provided on site.
We still have a lot of days left for people to volunteer overnight! We will have to close the shelters without volunteers. Please help us avoid closing our doors! Here is a link where you can see the need. See The Need
Thank you all for the continued support!
We are excited to open on December 1st! We are busy prepping each site in anticipation of helping our guests in great ways this winter. It takes many hands and feet to open the shelters and ensure people have a warm safe place to sleep every night.
We are lacking overnight volunteers on many nights at most of the shelter sites. We need your help! The shelter will have to close for the night if there is no one signed up to stay. That means our guests will have to sleep outside on those nights. Please help us prevent this from happening!
See the calendars below to see how you can help keep us open!
Please consider giving your time to serve with us this winter. We have one training day left. Monday, DEC 2nd! Join us!
See the Volunteer Calendar Page below ↓↓ for the links to sign up and help us be successful this winter.
Only 3 weeks left!!! Please see the need below! Sign up for one of our training events.
These graphs are focusing on the overnight volunteer need. This is the crucial piece for us to be able to open each night. Without someone staying overnight with our guest, we can not open. Please help us fill the need!
Seaford Calendar has 863 spots (not including dinner spots). We have 68 of those filled.
St. Luke has 106 overnight volunteer spots to cover. We have 30 nights covered.
Gateway has 106 overnight volunteer spots to cover. We have 3 nights covered.
Milford Calendar has 952 spots (not including dinner spots). We have 22 filled.
Milford Avenue has 106 overnight volunteer spots to cover. We have 12 nights covered.
Milford Nazarene has 106 overnight volunteer spots to cover. We have 15 nights covered.
Georgetown Calendarhas 530 spots (not including dinner). We have 112 filled.
Georgetown Presbyterian has 106 overnight volunteer spots to cover.
The women’s section has 39 nights filled.
The men’s section has 0 nights filled.
Delmar’s Calendar has 423 spots (not including dinners). We have 8 filled.
Delmar has 106 overnight spots to cover.
We have 3 nights filled.
Laurel Calendar has 225 spots (not including dinner). We have still need Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays covered.
Bethany Calendar has 106 overnight spots to cover. We have 42 nights filled.
We want to ensure that each shelter can stay open every night this season. We operate solely on the time and talents of the community. There are faithful volunteers that serve more than their share each winter. They enable us to provide a warm safe space for our guests to come into and sleep each night. Consider helping us give them a reprieve by having more servants join our team. Please be thinking about who you can bring to an upcoming training that could be your buddy for the overnight shift this season.
Please note that any training you attend will be good for any Code Purple Site.
See links for FaceBook individual training events below.
The complete story of “Joe” from the last few weeks of FB posts. This is what God does! We love being a part of His handiwork and walking alongside those who need support. It has taken many hands to bring this all together for him. Now he is ready to start a new life. In order to do that he needs a place to live. Please read and let us know if you can help with a couple weeks of rent.
Sorry loooong read-
Today I was able to witness a compassionate act from someone that people think “lacks compassion”. Let’s begin 7 yrs ago when I met “Joe” in the woods while ministering (with SOUL ministries) to people experiencing homelessness. First encounter showed the little bit of wild in his eyes and a machete. (Don’t be so shocked. How many of you have a gun for protection at your house?) We knew from the surrounding ground around his tent that alcohol was his choice of substance. We talked a little about his work out regime if memory serves me correctly. We gave him some supplies and said our good-byes. Fast forward a couple of years to the beginning of Code Purple. “Joe” entered inebriated many nights. He didn’t speak much and made several people uncomfortable (including me most of the time, an oddity for sure) but our ministry is to save lives for the night so we did the best we could for all, including the difficult “Joe”. There were nights when his behavior got the best of him and we had to ask him to leave because he just couldn’t keep his anger in check. It’s never an easy decision but we have to keep a safe haven for all. You see, “Joe” has been experiencing homelessness for a very long time (probably close to 20yrs). Various people have tried to help him over the years but it’s never been a life change for him. He has been in Code Purple shelters off and on over the seasons, some years every night and some years just on occasions. When he started coming to our shower, lunch, and laundry days a few weeks ago, I have to admit that I was a little like “Oh boy” (I’m only human). Unfortunately, he has burnt every bridge that exists for him. One day he told me that no where else wanted him and his voice sounded very lonely and sad. Of course I understand why and how that comes about but it didn’t make me any less sad for the situation. This time around with “Joe” has been slightly different. I still have to ask him to chill (with that motherly tone I often use) but these past few weeks, he is listening. An understanding in his eyes that says “Yeah, Nikki, I can do that.” He’s been more pliable and asking continuously for help. He wanted to go to rehab. We attempted a couple weeks ago. He was taken to detox with detailed instructions for them to communicate with the advocate dropping him off before releasing him. Well this organization did not do that and just put him back on the streets. He came back and I was shocked. He felt let down again and went back to the bottle. *(We are not going to solve someone’s problems, that has been experiencing homelessness this long, with 7 days in detox!!)* Even though that experience was not what he had hoped for, he kept asking for help. Today things lined up for him again. We asked him if he was ready to go today. “Joe’s” momma happened to be with us for shower, lunch and laundry day. She was encouraging him to get the help he needs. He hesitated (because it’s not an easy step to take for someone fighting addiction) but he said yes. His momma was so elated that she started crying. What happened next will be forever etched into my brain. With tears in his eyes he put his arms around her and hugged her while patting her back, reassuring her that it would be ok. I was done. It was such a sweet moment that I wish I could’ve captured for all to see. This is a man that almost everyone has given up on. They think he is a hopeless case, never capable of positive emotions or love. But guess what? He was created by the same God as you and I were. There is the same Hope for him that there is for all of us. Never, ever forget that when you are dealing with another human being. I’m not saying be an enabler or a push over (believe me, I am no pushover lol) but be kind in your dealings with others. They have feelings whether you can see them or not. I believe that anyone asking for help in this way deserves to go, each and every time they ask because you never know if this will be the time that freedom happens for them.
Current situation for “Joe”:
He needed to be medically cleared at the hospital so a wonderful advocate (Phillip) took him there and helped him through the beginning of the process. He connected him to SUN and let them know that he would be arriving tonight. It was not an easy thing for the hospital or “Joe” as he can be cantankerous and the staff are not all equipped with how to speak to him or understand his mental condition. They also know him well, so they reach their limit of compassion so to speak (wish it was different but I do understand). However, thanks to Josh sitting with him until his release from the ER and delivering “Joe” to SUN and making sure he was settled in before leaving, he is currently in detox. I implore anyone that has read this through to the end, to PRAY for “Joe” to find true freedom and peace from his addiction!
Update on “Joe”. He has been released from SUN and will be on the streets until Monday. He has opted not to go to Gateway because he found out that you are not allowed to go outside or smoke. Now before you make any hasty judgements, imagine living on your own for over twenty years outside and the ability to smoke as you want. Then imagine while you give up alcohol you must also not smoke. I’m not saying anything against Gateway either, different places have different rules. This was just not the option “Joe” felt comfortable trying. We tried finding a place for him to stay through Monday but there isn’t anywhere. All of our options that we could think said there was no room for him. Please lift him up in prayer and ask God to pour out strength and hope to him. “Joe” is soooooo sad and hopeless feeling right now. Pray that God helps him not use any substances and help him show up for his appointment Monday. Pray that “Joe” would find the everlasting life in Jesus!
Update #2- Keep your prayers coming! “Joe” is still sober after being on the street last night! We have had a very gracious offer of a place for him to stay tonight and tomorrow night. Continue praying for him to feel God’s love through the people helping and from God Himself.
Update #3 “Joe” was blessed with a place for a couple of nights until he can get into a rehab. And as God blesses us, our room provider also blessed “Joe” with food and a tv. We are praying for Monday but sometimes (as we’ve seen) things don’t always go smoothly. I’m proud of “Joe” for sticking it out through this hiccup. I have never seen him go this long or want recovery this much. I don’t know how the story will end but I know that we will walk alongside him as long as he is willing to walk.
Update #4 “Joe” has waited patiently at a house that was so kindly offered for him to stay in until he could get check into rehab. He has maintained his sobriety, maybe partly due to being tucked away from his old stomping grounds but I think it’s more likely due to all the prayers going up for him. He was finally approved to get into Gaudenzia. They will take him tomorrow morning! Pray for Phil who has went above and beyond for “Joe” and has walked so faithfully beside him. Please continue to pour out prayers for his complete healing!
Update #5 “Joe has been successfully staying in Guadenzia and can be released at anytime. He has a job available to him and we are working on housing. We would like to raise $500 to help with his first weeks of rent until he can get paid from his job. Anyone that wants to help, please let us know and you can donate to LoveINC for this specific purpose. Thank-you!
We are excited to offer this valuable training! Please consider joining us, especially if you are going to volunteer this Code Purple season. Understanding the different aspects of our shelter guests helps break down the stigma associated with people experiencing homelessness. Every tool we acquire gives us more confidence to serve our guests well.