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FH Garden Fundraiser

SUPPORT FRIENDSHIP HOUSE BY HONORING A LOVED ONE!

Please consider a donation in honor or in memory of someone special in your life. Your donations will support our mission of uniting people facing homelessness with loving, supportive communities they can call home. Ensuring love and support are at the heart of all we do, we address houselessness and homelessness through our life-saving, life-changing programs.

Donations can be in memory of a loved one, in honor of someone for Mother’s or Father’s Day, or in honor of a graduate. Acknowledgments will be sent the week of May 1st (by mail or email, whichever method is designated).

Flowers will be planted in our Transitional Housing gardens in honor of these loved ones. These gardens have become a place of sanctuary, rest, prayer, and beauty for our residents and staff.
We’re so grateful for your loving support. Thank you!

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What Friendship House Has Done for Me

Let me start by saying I started my recovery journey in 2015. I came from New Jersey to the Salvation Army in Delaware. I had a chance to go through Friendship House in 2016 but chose a job in Virginia instead. I relapsed and came back to Delaware. I went through the Salvation Army again and then moved to Sojourners Place where again I relapsed. I went to Salvation Army for the third time and it was the charm.

I came to the Friendship House in May of 2021 and I wish I had done it back in 2016, but my counselor Paul wisely informed me that obviously I was not ready for it then. While here I have resolved issues with people I have hurt and have had a chance to sit and work on myself and life. For the first time I have money saved up so I can move forward and get my own place to live. I am very grateful for the time Friendship House has given me. I am proud to be the smile on the front of the Friendship House pamphlet and it lets me see there is a better way of living with the help & support of the people who work for Friendship House. Simply put, this program was a God send for me and an eye opener that I can be a functional member of society.

Marc Marcus Announces His Retirement

“It’s a ‘make something happen’ kind of day!” Friendship House employees’ often say, and Marc has taken this saying to heart. “I think every day at FH is an opportunity for our staff and our guests/clients to make something happen. That’s what we’re there for,” says Marc Marcus, our Assistant Executive Director. After changing lives and bettering the community for 30 years through his service at FH, it is with mixed emotions we announce Marc has decided to retire.

Marc initially served FH as a volunteer before entering onto our board for several years and was even elected as the Vice President after exhibiting tremendous commitment to our mission. When his term on the board ended Marc was offered a position on staff and soon after was named the Assistant Executive Director, a position he continues in today. Marc was, and continues to be, instrumental in FH’s operation, growth and fulfillment of our mission.

Part of Marc’s legacy is the expansion of our Code Purple program to the community. This program has always been a centerpiece to FH’s mission and Marc’s heart. “When it’s super cold out and you’re providing someone a place to stay who has nowhere else to go, it’s really moving to be involved with the impact,” Marc said. On Code Purple nights Marc would often drive around to assist those who were outside with nowhere to go and bring them to one of our Code Purple locations. He was always willing to help folks in need.

He touched the lives of more than just the folks we work with, but our staff and supporters as well. We are so grateful to have had Marc’s support for FH all these years. He is one of the most calm, compassionate, loving, caring, and thoughtful people we have had the pleasure of knowing. In reference to our mission, Marc said, “I just really love the FH philosophy, and how we treat the people we work with.”

While Marc has meant so much to us, FH has in turn touched Marc’s heart. “FH means a place where folks can come when they feel they have no other choices. We meet people where they are. We are not limited by parameters, we can stretch the limit and fill the gaps,” he said. “Being part of an organization that is a place for people to come when they feel they have nowhere to turn is extremely rewarding. I am so grateful and honored God gave me this option through FH.”

Marc has impacted FH in so many ways and will be missed as he enjoys his time in retirement. His superpower is his ability to see the incredible beauty of every person. Whether you are staff, client, or volunteer – Marc sees what you are capable of and doesn’t let you forget how amazing you are.

From all of us here at Friendship House, we wish him the very best and congratulate him on his retirement. Marc, we hope you never forget how amazing YOU are. Thank you for all you have done for FH!

Deidra’s Story

I was lost, but found out what it feels like to happily live without drugs or a drink.

My name is Deidra and I am 43 years old. I lived in Middletown, a very small town in Delaware. I grew up in a single parent household. Although I didn’t have everything I wanted, I had a good childhood and had everything that I needed. At age 15, I had my first child. I didn’t finish school and I started hanging around the “cool” kids. I began smoking weed, which was a big mistake.

Fast forward a few years later, my mother was involved in a terrible car accident. This turned my whole world upside down. She was left paralyzed from the chest down. When she passed a year later, I fell into a very deep depression. Along with smoking weed, I was now doing crack and drinking like there was no tomorrow. I can truthfully say that I was comfortable with how I was living and did not think I had a problem. I didn’t realize it then, but I was headed toward mass self-destruction.

I slowed down on the crack and began doing pills, any kind as long as I was high. When the pills stopped working, I picked the crack back up. I also started doing heroin and let me tell you, I didn’t do one without the other. My addiction became worse and I began to lose everything. I did anything and everything to get the drugs…steal, trick, beg, and borrow. This resulted in me going to jail for 18 months.

While in jail, I completed Key-Crest drug programs. You would have thought I learned my lesson, but I ended up relapsing. This time I ended up overdosing and had to be administered Narcan, not once, but four times. When this happened, I saw the light. I decided to go to rehab. I remember reading a phrase that said, “Change I must, or die I will”.

While in rehab I made the decision to look into Friendship House, and let me tell you…I am so happy I did. I love it. The staff is wonderful, kind, loving, trustworthy, and most of all, non-judgmental. They keep me on my toes! I am learning how to take care of responsibilities such as self-care, budgeting, saving money, doctors appointments, paying bills, and everyday living. I am living life on life’s terms and I am very grateful today!

Since being at FH, I have successfully completed an intensive outpatient program. I recently landed a job, was able to start budgeting, and am saving towards my own place. I also have plans to finish my GED. My future is bright and I am on the right track!

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