BCCS New Castle County Sites Closed Tuesday March 14, 2017
NEW CASTLE (Jan. 21, 2016) – With an array of storm watches already posted across Delaware, Code Purple locations will be opening Friday in all three counties for individuals who are homeless and need a place of refuge during the expected dangerous winter conditions.
Organized and staffed by volunteers, Code Purple sites in Delaware typically are located at houses of worship and community shelters. The sites provide safe, warm and short-term housing and hot meals to individuals and families who are homeless. The activation of Code Purple varies, but it typically occurs when winter-weather conditions – low temperatures, low wind chills, strong winds or heavy snow – make it difficult for anyone to be outside for extended periods.
Since Code Purple sites use volunteers to manage operations, the activation and implementation vary by county and site. 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 www.delaware211.org and click on the Cord Purple button.
Code Purple locations include:
The lead agency for Code Purple in New Castle County is Friendship House, which operates two Code Purple winter sanctuary programs – one in Wilmington and the other in Newark through the Newark Empowerment Center. The Wilmington program is done in collaboration with the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has declared Code Purple from 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, through 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25. Here is the schedule:
· 3-8:30 p.m. Friday: Friendship House winter sanctuary, 720 N. Orange St., Wilmington
· 9 p.m. Friday-6 a.m. Saturday: Salvation Army Overnight Shelter, Fifth and Orange streets
· 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday: Friendship House winter sanctuary, 720 N. Orange St., Wilmington
· 9 p.m. Saturday-6 a.m. Sunday: Salvation Army Overnight Shelter, Fifth and Orange streets
· 5:30-8 a.m. Sunday: If the storm closes the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew at 7200 N. Orange St., Friendship House will keep people at 720 N. Orange St. If the storm isn’t as significant as expected, Friendship House will open its normal Sunday sanctuary at 10th and Adams streets.
· Noon-8:30 p.m. Sunday: Friendship House winter sanctuary, 720 N. Orange St., Wilmington
· 9 p.m. Sunday-6 a.m. Monday: Salvation Army Overnight Shelter, Fifth and Orange streets
· 5:30 a.m.-noon Monday: Friendship House Day Center at 226 N. Walnut St.
Friendship House will open its Code Purple sanctuary beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and keep it open through the duration of the storm in church space provided by eight different Newark faith communities on a rotating basis. People who are homeless must register at the Newark Empowerment Center at 69 E. Main St. on Friday. The Newark shelter is already operating at capacity, so any individuals who cannot be accommodated in Newark will be provided transportation to Wilmington.
Code Purple is in effect through Tuesday, Jan. 26, with extended hours in anticipation of the storm from 5 p.m. Friday until Monday morning. The Code Purple status can be determined by calling 1-800-733-6816 to listen to a pre-recorded message, which is updated frequently, and will identify Code Purple sites that are open in Kent County. The schedule:
Friday, Jan. 22 through morning of Monday, Jan. 25
Monday, Jan. 25
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Champions and strong supporters of Code Purple in Kent County include Rebecca Martin, Diane Kaskeski and Allan Angel. For questions, call 1-800-733-6816 or email email@example.com. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Code Purple shelters in Sussex County will be open during the storm and, in some cases, beyond. Eastern Sussex operates cold-weather shelters that remain open until spring regardless of the temperature. For updates in Western Sussex, call the hotline at 302-519-0024 or email email@example.com.
Many of the Code Purple sites across the state often need more volunteers, and more donations of money. In Kent and Sussex counties, the sites also need sleeping supplies and food. The list of needed items include: blankets, cots, sleeping bags, towels and wash cloths, hand wipes and sanitizers, feminine products, toothbrushes and toothpaste, disinfectant spray, hats, scarves, gloves, boots, long underwear, coats, hand or feet warmers, bottled water, pre-cooked or frozen meals, instant hot drinks, ready-to-eat food with easy-opening lids, and garbage bags.