ATTN: Please see individual program pages for modulations in response to Covid-19.
Friendship House has multiple programs that attempt to fill the gaps in New Castle County’s homeless service network. These are broken into the following programs. See all Friendship Location at the bottom of this page.
Friendship House Clothing Bank
Our Clothing Bank has continued to grow as a clothing resource for the community, as an employment opportunity, and as a vehicle through which a large coalition of community organizations can collaborate in service. The Clothing Bank has three primary missions. First, it serves as a location for collecting and distributing donated clothing and a delivery service to those community agencies in direct contact with individuals and families in need. Second, it provides entry level employment and training to women re-entering the work force. Third, it creates volunteer opportunities for churches, businesses and community organizations. Learn more by going to our Clothing Bank page.
Friendship House operates several houses for motivated employable adults, with or without children, who are looking to re-establish themselves as independent, self-supporting members of our society. Our Transitional Housing program is designed to support adults who are serious about making changes in their lives. Many individuals come to us directly from drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs, prison, and even domestic violence shelters. The program operates in three stages and offers up to one year of transitional housing and programming. To learn more, visit our Transitional Housing page.
Our Empowerment Centers offer a wide variety of services focusing on empowering individuals who feel lost, displaced, or powerless. Friendship House Empowerment Centers offer anyone experiencing significant strife daytime sanctuary and vital services. As a referral and screening source for more than twenty-five churches, our four Empowerment Centers are a life line for individuals and families at risk of losing their housing. They also serve as centers for motivated homeless clients receive the professional case-management, communal support and financial resources they require to rebuild their lives. For more information and to learn how to receive services, visit our Empowerment Center page.
Every Sunday we serve a free, hot breakfast prepared by volunteers the day before to displaced people in the community. On average we serve 100 – 125 people each week. This mission is offered 52 weeks of the year, and we welcome volunteers. Mostly served by our sponsoring churches, groups join us on Saturday to prepare the food (eggs are graciously donated by the University of Delaware’s Agricultural program and other ingredients are supplied by the volunteers). Then the group returns Sunday to heat, serve, and join our community in eating. If you are in need of a meal Sunday morning, please join us at 720 N. Orange St. Wilmington, DE 19801 between the hours of 6:00am – 8:00am. There is no need to RSVP but it is first come, first serve. We do our best to ensure there is enough food for all.
Friendship House also runs a winter sanctuary program from November – March. As bitter cold temperatures can cause loss of limbs or even life with extended exposure, we partner with our faith community to ensure there are warm options for our friends facing homelessness. To learn more, visit our Winter Sanctuary page.
Administrative Office: 1503 W 13th St. Wilmington, DE 19806 | 302-652-8133
Clothing Bank: 1603 Jessup St. Suite 3 Wilmington, DE 19802 | 302-654-1390
Transitional Housing Office: 722 N Union St. Wilmington, DE 19805 | 302-428-0151
Wilmington Empowerment Center: 720 N Orange St. Wilmington, DE 19801 | 302-652-8033
Newark Empowerment Center: 69 E Main St. Newark, DE 19711 | 302-544-0165
MOT Empowerment Center: 44 W Main St. Middletown, DE 19709 | 302-416-0982
Boxwood Empowerment Center: 701 S Maryland Ave Wilmington, DE 19804 | (302) 648-3117
Millcreek Outreach: Locations vary | 302-652-8133