A Letter from our Executive Director

Friendship House has started several initiatives this year in order to stay committed to ensuring love and support are made available to our entire Delaware community. One initiative is to fully expand our Clothing Bank and Empowerment Center programs into Sussex County. The demands for our services continue to grow and we need to show up for our neighbors. Currently, we are providing these services to Georgetown and Seaford once a week.

The second initiative is decreasing youth homelessness in Delaware in partnership with several organizations. Together, we plan to scope out a multi-step process for minimizing youth homelessness and open up an avenue for more funding for the state of Delaware to address this issue. We have also successfully held a convening regarding youth homelessness where youth came to share their experiences.

Our third initiative is to ensure we provide transitional housing for all people. Our current houses are labeled for men and women and were originally designed with cisgender people in mind. We want to ensure we have a safe space for those who may identify differently. Therefore, we will expand our Transitional Housing program to include a house specifically for this group of people who are experiencing homelessness and can’t find a place where they feel safe and where they feel they belong.

These initiatives are bold. And we know we need to be creative, intentional, and authentic to fully support our most marginalized neighbors. Friendship House remains committed to being part of the change needed to ensure every person is on a pathway to finding their way home. We stand by our core value: Everyone deserves to thrive.

– Kim Eppehimer, Executive Director

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