Category Archives: Announcement

COVID-19 Update | November 11, 2020

Friendship House has been hard at work this year ensuring safe delivery of services during this pandemic. So far, we have ensured our guests experiencing street level homelessness, who had life lines shut down when the state went on lockdown back in March, had access to the most urgent things like bathrooms, hand washing stations, food, water and even emergency shelter through hotel vouchers. During this time, we were able to give 100 people hotel rooms, serve over 20,000 meals and countless cups of coffee!

We have seen significant increases in financial assistance requests. With support from businesses and foundations we have been able to provide more than 1,000 people directly affected by COVID-19 with additional financial assistance to prevent homelessness and lack of utilities.

We have continued to provide clothing, job training and transitional housing throughout this pandemic, too. Although never easy, FH continued to find a way in connecting people facing homelessness with loving, supportive communities they can call home.

Now, we face winter. FH is committing to providing winter shelter this season. Due to COVID-19, it will not be the same as previous years. We are working in collaboration with the state, county, our dedicated Code Purple partners, and many other agencies to ensure safe and effective options. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook and sign up for our electronic newsletters for updates.

Code Purple Update

We are pleased to share Friendship House is committed to providing Code Purple winter shelter for New Castle County this season. Due to COVID-19, it will not be the same as previous years. We are working in collaboration with the state, county, our dedicated Code Purple partners, and many other agencies to ensure safe and effective options. We are anticipating Code Purple to include day and night-time shelter this winter. More information will be shared as we know more. #AWayHome

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.

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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