Starting the second Saturday of November, we start our Winter Sanctuary program. Every Saturday, starting the second Saturday of November until the Saturday before Palm Sunday, First & Central Presbyterian Church opens their doors from 6:00am – 11:00am for our use to host a safe, warm place for those who may not have anywhere else to go. Trinity Episcopal Church opens a space for the same hospitality Sundays from 8:30am – 11:00am. With most day centers and shelters closed, there are few options to protect oneself from the elements. We offer coffee, water, bathrooms, and a warm atmosphere. There is no need to RSVP. Volunteers are also welcome to join us.
A Code Purple is called in the city of Wilmington or Newark, DE when the temperatures are low enough to be dangerous to those who have no shelter to keep them safe. In Wilmington, we offer soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, coffee and water at St. Andrew and Matthew Episcopal Church from 3:30pm to 8:30pm. Then the Salvation Army opens their doors to allow people to sleep in a warm, safe place till morning. In Newark, our supporting churches rotate who hosts from 6:00pm till 6:00am the next morning. Registration to attend a Code Purple is required in Newark by going to the Newark Empowerment Center (69 E. Main St. Newark, DE 19711). Registration is not required in Wilmington.