By Tom Lehman 6:18pm, January 6, 2014 - Updated 6:38pm, January 6, 2014In anticipation of temperatures dropping into the teens or lower Monday night, Code Purple locations have been established in New Castle and Sussex counties to shelter those who are homeless.
The Department of Health and Social Services says the following Code Purple locations will be available:
Agency officials say anyone experiencing a housing crisis should call 2-1-1.
The operator will then ask questions to determine if the person or family would benefit from prevention services in the community or if they need to be assessed by a housing specialist.
New Castle County
- Code Purple has been activated at Friendship House in Wilmington for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The shelter will be open each day from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 720 N. Orange St.
The organization provides provides hot beverages, paper and cleaning products and volunteers will provide soup and sandwiches.
Anyone seeking more information can call Bill Perkins at (302) 559-5716.
- Salvation Army in Wilmington activates Code Purple when necessary, according to DHSS.
Those in the sanctuary after 8:30 p.m. will go to the Salvation Army shelter at 400 N. Orange St.
Men will be provided with a cot set-up in the gymnasium while women will be given accommodation in the women's shelter.
The organization says an evening snack and continental breakfast will be served before visitors leave.
- A coalition of 10 Newark faith communities offer emergency sanctuary from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. with eight local churches rotating as the host site:
Monday: First Presbyterian Church, 292 W. Main St., Newark. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Tuesday: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Ave., Newark. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Newark United Methodist Church, 69 E. Main St., Newark. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Volunteers from local faith communities will help those who are homeless in a church common room with access to bathrooms, a light evening meal, hot beverages and blankets.
Those in the Newark area who are in need of sanctuary from the cold weather can call (302) 544-0165 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up for services with the Newark Empowerment Center.
- State health officials said a Kent County Levy Court spokeswoman reported that Kent County currently has no designated Code Purple shelters.
However, the DHSS said Nan Ruhl, the director of Immanuel Shelter, said the overnight sanctuary at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach would take in people who are homeless in Kent County or elsewhere who can get to the shelter.
- People in need of overnight shelter Monday through Sunday can go to Epworth United Methodist Church, located at 19285 Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Nan Ruhl, director of Immanuel Shelter, at (302) 604-2619.
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