Immanuel Shelter has secured donations to house up to 20 homeless people a night at a local motel in Rehoboth Beach.
Board member Don Peterson, speaking at a Jan. 4 meeting on homeless issues, said current donations can get the effort started this week. More donations will be needed as the winter continues. Funds are provided by Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches, All Saints’ Thrift Shop, grants and individual donors.
Donations can be mailed to: Immanuel Shelter, PO Box 431, Nassau, DE 19969.
He said priority would be given to those who have been released from the hospital, who are ill and who work in the area. Peterson said a supervisor will be at the motel to coordinate the program. People will be vetted through an intake process and house rules will be established.
Toni Short, president of Lighthouse for Broken Wings transitional shelter, will work with Immanuel to help coordinate the program.
Transportation will be provided to other shelters in the area as well as to the Community Resource Center in Rehoboth Beach where services are offered, including showers and laundry, and access to resources is provided.
Starting Jan. 6, Peterson said, volunteers will provide nightly meals for those housed in hotel rooms.
For more information, contact Immanuel at 888-634-9992 or Code Purple Sussex County at 302-519-0024.
Code Purple operates cold-weather shelters in Georgetown, Bridgeville, Milford, Bethany Beach, Laurel, Seaford and Delmar.