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School Uniform Drive

We are so excited to announce a new Friendship House initiative aimed at helping local students! Our Clothing Bank has been collecting school uniforms to be donated to students across New Castle County. In Mid-October, we made the first school uniform delivery to Evan G. Shortlidge Academy. We provided them with 235 tops and 160 pants that will go directly to their students. This delivery was possible because of organizations, faith communities, and individuals who donated new or gently used polo shirts and khaki pants to our Clothing Bank. Our goal is to one day provide free school uniforms to students in need who attend public schools across New Castle County. FH is gearing up to deliver to more schools for the 2021-2022 school year. To help us in this initiative, donate new or gently used school uniforms to the FH Clothing Bank.

FH Staff Updates!

Shawn Helmick became the Director of Women’s Housing this fall. Shawn has been with FH for 10 years and is such a blessing to our Women’s Transitional Housing Program! She is hard at work holding interviews and doing weekly one-on-ones with residents.

Robin Cross moved to Middletown and is now the Manager of our MOT Empowerment Center. Robin has been holding down the fort in Middletown since it reopened in August after closing in response to COVID-19. We are grateful for the work she is doing to serve our MOT community in the midst of this global pandemic!

Cheryl Bryant became the Manager of our Clothing Bank at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Cheryl has been critical in reopening the Clothing Bank, allowing clothing donations which follow CDC guidelines, and welcoming women back for our Job Training Program. We thank her for all the hard work she’s done these past 6 months!

Tim Keeler is now the Manager of our Wilmington Empowerment Center! Tim has been serving coffee in Wilmington throughout COVID-19, maintaining grab & go Sunday Breakfast, and has been critical in implementing procedures to see clients at WEC. He is dedicated to our Wilmington community and we’re thankful for his hard work!

Boxwood Empowerment Center

Friendship House is thrilled to announce the opening of the Boxwood Empowerment Center! This new center is located at Calvary Presbyterian Church. We’re so excited for this partnership and grateful for Calvary’s commitment to supporting our mission. We want to give a huge thank you and shout out to the United Way of Delaware and Delaware Community Foundation for the grants to make this possible. This new location will give us the opportunity to serve more people in New Castle County.

Boxwood Empowerment Center
701 S Maryland Ave Wilmington, DE 19804
(302) 648-3117

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

Our Friendship House values are to strive to treat everyone we meet with mutual love, respect, compassion, grace and acceptance. We recently stated we support Black lives matter and it is evident as much as we aspire to follow our values there is more we need to learn and do as an organization. One of our goals is to be better educated about the systemic racism in our country. While meeting recently, the Board of Trustees agreed to form a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. This committee will consist of members of the board, staff and community. They will start the evaluation process of our hiring practices, policies and client services to identify and correct any hidden bias. Members of the board are reaching out to Black community leaders inviting them to share their experiences and insights. We will work to learn and grow in our understanding through these conversations, other resources and diversity training. To be a loving and supportive community, we must acknowledge and fight racism.

Respectfully,

Meg Aument
President of Board of Director

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