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Shelters (Homeless)

The homeless shelter’s purpose is to provide emergency shelter to those in need. Homeless shelters provide housing on a temporary basis for varying amounts of time. They serve the homeless by providing food and overnight lodging. Some shelters provide education, counseling and vocational services.

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New Castle County

Emmaus House

P.O. Box 9740
Newark, DE 19714
(302) 737-2241

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Through the Emmaus House program Homeward Bound provides safe and stable shelter to homeless families with children. At the Emmaus House families are given the opportunity to stay together while addressing the underlying causes of their homelessness. They provide 30 day emergency assistance and an 8-12 month transitional housing program.

Booth Social Services/Emergency Housing Residence

104 West 5th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 472-0753

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Housing and Homeless services include, group homes, emergency shelters and transitional housing.

  • Serves the homeless by providing food and overnight lodging
  • Provide educational, counseling and vocational services to homeless and destitute individuals and families for extended periods.
  • Address long-term specific issues of youth for whom family care is undesirable or unavailable. Education, counseling, health care and specific training to meet the needs of such groups as pregnant teens, emancipated minors, and wards of the juvenile court.
  • Address specific health or societal driven needs of particular populations.

Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County

2104 St. James Church Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

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Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County provides shelter to homeless children and families in our area. We do this through a network of congregations that host these families directly in their houses of worship, staffed by caring volunteers who have put their faith into action.

Home Life Management Center

709 North Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 658-7110

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Home Life Management Center (YWCA) is a shelter for homeless families. Their services range from Childcare and job training to Violence Prevention and Leadership Training. There is no limit to the length of stay.

Sunday Breakfast Mission

110 North Poplar Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 656-8542

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Sunday Breakfast Mission serves the homeless, addicted and impoverished through Christ-centered programs that are designed to meet their social and physical needs. The primary goal is to restore people to right relationship with God, and their families.

What does the Sunday Breakfast Mission do?

  • Shelter for 280 homeless men, women and children nightly.
  • Long term substance abuse programming for 90 homeless and addicted men and women.
  • Community meals for over 200 men, women, boys and girls nightly as well as food boxes for two days monthly, breakfast for homeless men and lunch for program people.
  • Free clothing and furniture with counseling for needy families through their Community Outreach.
  • Christian worship and bible study daily.

Kent County

Peoples Place
Ruth N. Dorsey Relief Shelter

381 College Road
Dover, DE 19904
(302) 734-0319

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Ruth N. Dorsey (Whatcoat Social Services Agency Inc) in Dover, DE is a private company categorized under Social Services Centers. They serve homeless men, women, and families. The length of stay is 30 days.

Sussex County

Peoples Place
Abriendo Puertas

1129 Airport Road
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 422-5015
24-hour hotline (302) 745-9874

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Abriendo Puertas assists immigrant women and their children in Sussex County who are victims of violence. Abriendo Puertas runs a 24 hour bi-lingual Domestic Violence Hotline (302)745-9874 and a shelter for women victims of abuse. The facility is prepared to house 5 women at a time with their children, for a transition period of 30 days that may be extended as needed. The women are provided with support, counseling, court advocacy, transportation, translation, and general case management services, including health, housing, job opportunities, ect. The staff of Abriendo Puertas is fully bi-lingual in Spanish and English. For more information, call (302)855-9515.

Home of the Brave Foundation, Inc.

6632 Sharps Road
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 424-1681

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The home of the Brave is handicapped accessible and open to all eligible veterans, male and female, on a space available basis. Clients are initially accepted on a one month basis with extensions granted based on motivation and need. The primary goal is to assist veterans in gaining control of their lives. Funding comes from donations and grants, and per diem received from the VA for each resident.

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