Code Purple shelters open for those needing refuge

A number of churches and community centers are open as Code Purple shelters to provide refuge for those who need a place to stay during the storm and through the extremely cold temperatures forecast this week.

The Salvation Army in Dover will provide lunch today through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. to those in need.

In addition to downstate Code Purple locations, Jeanine Kleimo, chairwoman of the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, said her group’s Resource Center in downtown Dover is open today and will remain open overnight if overflow shelter space is needed in Kent County. She and Becky Martin of Code Purple Kent County have lauded the community’s support in helping provide supplies through the deep chill that began last week.

“It is always of huge benefit to all of us to have on hand a stock of nonperishable foods “to go,” such as lunch bags with a water bottle and snacks such as cheese or peanut butter and cracker packets, nuts, granola bars, and other items that provide a second meal for someone on the street,” Ms. Kleimo said.

To be connected to Code Purple resources, call Delaware 2-1-1; search for “Code Purple” on the Delaware 2-1-1 mobile app or on its website at and click on the Code Purple button; or call the Delaware Housing Alliance’s Centralized Intake Line at 302-654-0126, ext. 112.

In Kent County
All sanctuaries open at 5 p.m. except Wesley Church, which opens at 5:30 p.m.
For men seeking shelter:
• Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 E. Mount Vernon St., Smyrna. 5 p.m.
• Presbyterian Church, 54 S. State St., Dover, 5 p.m.
• Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church St., Milford, 5 p.m.
• In Dover, all overflow for men will be sent after dinner at Presbyterian to the resource center at Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing.
For women and children:
• Wesley United Methodist Church (enter on North Street), 209 S. State St., 5:30 p.m.
• Milford Community Center, 105 NE Front St., 5 p.m.
• Hopes & Dreams Peer Resource Center, 621 W. Division St., Dover, will open from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
• Dover Interfaith Resource Center, 684 Forest St., Dover, will open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
For information about future locations, call the hotline at 1-800-733-6816.

In Sussex County
• St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 202 N. North St., Seaford (men only). Check-in at 8:30 p.m.
• Gateway Fellowship, 8011 Cannon Road, Bridgeville (women and children only). Check-in at 8:30 p.m.
For both sites, dinner is provided at 7 p.m. at the CROSS building, 703 E. King St., Seaford, with transportation to Gateway Fellowship afterward.
• Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church St., Milford (men only). Check-in at 7 p.m.; meals provided on-site.
• Laurel Nazarene, 100 Walnut Drive, Laurel (men, with separate space for fathers with children). Check-in at 7 p.m. Dinner provided at the CROSS building, 703 E. King St., Seaford, with transportation to and from the CROSS to be provided.
• Georgetown Presbyterian, 203 N. Bedford St., Georgetown. Call 302-344-1912 or leave a message at the church at 302-856-6842. The sanctuary is only open for extreme weather. People must call ahead about availability.
• Immanuel Code Purple Shelter, 37439 Oyster House Road, Rehoboth Beach, open nightly until April 1 regardless of the temperature (serving men and women). 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily.
For more information, call the hotline at 302-519-0024 or visit:

In New Castle County
• Salvation Army building, 400 N. Orange St. Those who seek overnight housing will receive a hot snack, continental breakfast and a shower.
• Thursday, Jan. 4: Calvary Baptist Church, 215 E. Delaware Ave., Newark.
• Friday, Jan. 5: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 420 Willa Road.
• Saturday, Jan. 6: New Ark United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St., Newark.

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