As the pending storm arrives in Delaware, Code Purple alerts are being activated across the state to help people who are homeless find a warm shelter. Weather conditions and the resources of the coordinating agency or place of worship will determine how long each shelter remains open.
Through Sunday, Feb. 16: People in need of overnight sanctuary are encouraged to go to Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. At this time, the facility can house only individuals. Families seeking sanctuary from the snow and cold will be referred to an alternative housing option, permitting resource availability. For more information, call Nan Ruhl, director of Immanuel Shelter, at 302-604-2619.
Centralized Intake is a statewide program that provides an efficient and effective process for assessing individuals and families who are experiencing a housing crisis, identifying the most appropriate housing intervention needed to end their episode of homelessness, and referring them to crisis services and/or shelter to meet their immediate needs.
Anyone experiencing a housing crisis is urged to call 211. The operator will ask a few 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.