Wilmington and Newark: 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 operated in collaboration with the Salvation Army. Beside the Friendship/Salvation Army winter sanctuary program, the Sunday Breakfast Mission and the Rick VanStory Resource Center offer overnight shelter to both men and women.

The Salvation Army has declared Code Purple for the evening of  Jan. 3, with additional declarations expected:

  • Salvation Army building, 400 N. Orange St. Those who seek overnight housing will receive a hot snack, continental breakfast and a shower.

In Newark, Code Purple has been declared for Thursday, Jan. 4, through Saturday, Jan. 6. The Newark Empowerment Center (Friendship House) connects people with overnight stays at a rotating group of churches when Code Purple is declared, with visitors welcome for emergency sanctuary from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. To register, call 302.544.0165.

The locations:

  • 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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