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.
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. The 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, the three empowerment centers are a life line for individuals and families at risk of losing their housing. They also serve as empowerment centers where 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.
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: 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
Millcreek Empowerment Center: Locations vary | 302-652-8133