Code Purple Shelters Open Statewide Through Thursday

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With Delaware facing the coldest temperatures of the winter from Wednesday night through Thursday, Code Purple is being declared across the state by the nonprofit and volunteer organizations that operate the shelters to keep people who are homeless safe during dangerous winter weather.

When severe snowstorms or sub-zero temperatures are forecast in Delaware, the organizations that manage Code Purple sites activate their shelters. The Code Purple declarations, which vary by county and site, open up additional beds and warm shelter space beyond the year-round shelter beds available across the state.

To be connected to Code Purple resources, call Delaware 2-1-1 or click the Code Purple button at www.delaware211.org. Or call the Delaware Housing Alliance’s Centralized Intake Line at 1-833-FIND-BED (833-346-3233). If you see someone outside who appears to be homeless, encourage them to seek emergency shelter or call a non-emergency police number to alert the police to the situation.

The wind chills across the state from Wednesday night through Thursday are expected to be
below-zero, with overnight lows Wednesday through Friday not expected to climb above the
teens. That means the risk for frostbite and/or hypothermia increases after even a short time outside.

“The below-zero wind chills coming to Delaware will mean dangerous conditions outside,” said
Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a board-certified
family physician. “We encourage anyone without a place to go to find a spot at a Code Purple
shelter.”

Details about the shelters, which are organized and operated by nonprofit organizations or
volunteers:

KENT COUNTY
Code Purple has been declared in Kent County (hotline at 800-733-6816) through Jan. 31. The schedule:
Men
• Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 E. Mount Vernon St., Smyrna (5 p.m. through
Jan. 31)
• Peoples Church, 26 S. Bradford St., Dover (5 p.m. through Jan. 31)
Women
• Marantha Life Changing Church, 1235 E. Division St., Dover. (5 p.m. through Jan. 31)

SUSSEX COUNTY
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.

Gateway Fellowship
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: Congregation of the Most High Yahveh-
9 S.E. 2nd Street, Milford, DE 19963.

Milford Nazarene
11 NW Salevan Pl.
Milford, DE 19963
Women (with or w/o children) only.
Check-in 8:30. Check-out 7:45am.
Meals provided at 7pm-8:30pm. Location: Congregation of the Most High Yahveh-
9 S.E. 2nd Street, Milford, DE 19963

Laurel Nazarene 
100 Walnut Drive
Laurel, DE 19956
Men & a separate space for fathers with children.
Check-in 7:00pm. Check-out 6:00am.

Renovate Church 
800 E. East Street
Delmar, MD 21875
Men Only
Check-in 7:00pm. Check-out 7:45.

Georgetown Presbyterian Church
203 N Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Men and Women
Check-in 9pm (Except Saturdays 10pm). Check-out 7:45am.
No dinner provided at this time.
(The Georgetown Presbyterian Church will continue to operate its Emergency Weather Shelter outside of Code Purple dates. During the non-Code Purple season please call 302-601-1GOD (1463) to see if they are open).

Additional shelters not run by Code Purple Sussex County

Immanuel Shelter: Immanuel operates uniquely as a cold weather shelter.
(OPEN Dec.1 until Spring, regardless of temperature) Rehoboth 1-888-634-9992, Open 7 Days from 4:30 PM until 7:30 AM. Serving men and women. http://www.immanuelshelter.org/