Seasonal Programming

We provide essential emergency services for our community during the coldest and hottest months of the year. Our Winter Programming includes Saturday Morning Hospitality in Wilmington and Code Purple in New Castle County. These programs provide a safe haven for people experiencing homelessness during the winter. Our Summer Programming includes Code Orange which provides heat relief and cooling stations for people on the hottest days.

Code Purple

Code Purple is a program that FH implements in New Castle County when the temperatures drop below 20 degrees and are considered dangerous to those who have no shelter.  In order to keep them safe FH partners with various Faith Communities to shelter these individuals. 

Pre-registration is required to access our Code Purple. The location of Code Purple for each city will be shared at the time of registration for both volunteers and clients. Locations are confidential.

To pre-register for a Code Purple please call or visit one of our Empowerment Centers:
Wilmington – call 302-652-8033 for information
Newark – call 302-544-0165 for information
Middletown – call 302-416-0982 for information

Code Orange

Code Orange is designed to offer indoor, air-conditioned locations during extreme daytime heat. Friendship House will call Code Orange in Delaware when temperatures feel like 100 degrees or higher and on days when our Empowerment Centers are closed.

If someone is in need of daytime Code Orange shelter, confirm we have called it (check out our Facebook page) and then send them to one of our open locations, no referral is needed.  

Interested in volunteering? Volunteer Application

Interested in assisting with supplies? Monetary donations can be made on our donation page or sent to PO Box 1517 Wilmington, DE 19899. Supplies most used include hot and cold cups, paper towels, and plastic bags.


Saturday Winter Programming

We have found that many coffee shops and places of business in Wilmington are closed on Saturday mornings, leaving people living on the streets with nowhere to go. FH partners with First & Central Presbyterian Church to offer Saturday Winter Programming December through March making it so that we offer hospitality 7 days a week in Wilmington. In 2023, we sheltered 170 individuals through Saturday Winter Programming.

We have Saturday Winter Programming at First & Central Presbyterian Church (1101 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801) every Saturday morning 6:00 am – 10:00 am December 1 – March 31.

Volunteers are needed for all locations: Click Here to Apply