Del Tech class supports Crisis House

Students collect personal items, bedding, cash donations
September 28, 2017

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10 N. Railroad Ave.
Georgetown  Delaware  19947
United States

A small group of four people from a Social Policy class at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown had to coordinate a fundraiser for an organization as a class project. One of them, Joanna Dize, thought Crisis House shelter in Georgetown deserved support. “They don't receive as much funding as many organizations, yet they serve an important role in the community,” said Dize. The group coordinated a donation drive which will run the month of September, ending Sept. 30.

Dize, of Seaford, expects to graduate from Del Tech this December with an associate degree in human services. She became aware of Crisis House and its needs through her work as a peer recovery coach for Recovery International in Ellendale. 

Crisis House emergency shelter in Georgetown has provided shelter, meals, referral services, job and housing assistance to the homeless community for more than 35 years. It has provided services for thousands of people and is the only current local shelter facility that accepts single women with children. It is always filled to its full capacity of 15 adults and up to eight children. Residents may stay for up to 30 days, and must pass a background check and must stay drug and alcohol free, among other conditions. Crisis House's goal is to stabilize residents, help them find employment and help them transition to more permanent housing.

“My hope is that the community will continue to support Crisis House with donations beyond the end of our donation drive,” said Dize. “They are always in need of these basic items, and community support should not stop at the end of September. The hope is that this donation drive increases awareness of their needs and encourages the community to assist Crisis House with their needs.”

Donations always needed

The shelter always needs soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes; laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels; and bedding including twin sheets, blankets, cots, pillows; and DART bus passes. Monetary donations may be mailed or dropped off at Crisis House.

Donation boxes will remain through Saturday, Sept. 30, at: Del Tech, front desk in the Jason Technology building; Dover Electric Supply Co., 901 Norman Eskridge Highway, Seaford; Sanctified Haitian Church of God, 128 N. Central Ave., Laurel; Easter Seals, 22317 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown.

Donations can also be dropped off 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Sunday at Crisis House at 110 N. Railroad Ave., Georgetown. Phone 302-856-2246 or go to