Friendship House Transitional Housing Program assists employable, displaced adults who have already demonstrated a commitment to addressing their life issues in a holistic manner. This three-stage program provides residents with up to one year of subsidized housing in a communal living environment and an aftercare program with no time limit. During their residency in the program, participants engage with Friendship House staff and volunteers to:
- Find and maintain employment
- Learn how to maintain a budget and manage finances
- Receive credit counseling and work to eliminate outstanding debt
- Improve relationship-building and decision-making skills
- Receiving parenting training and, when possible, reunite with their children
- Address any issues threatening their long-term strategic recovery
The program admits about 120 applicants annually. On average we work with over 120 residents annually. About 35% graduate to Stage II, and of those, almost 75% graduate to stage three, and 97% graduate to stage four (optional). After graduating, Friendship House will remain in contact with 80% of the graduates for the first year and about 40% of the graduates for the next several years. More than 80% of graduates maintain employment and housing for at least three years upon completion of the program.
All of our houses are in Wilmington, Delaware. They include Epiphany, Jane Ashford, Patterson, Palmer I, Palmer II, Elizabeth, Andrew’s Place, Criswell, Corner, Daughtry, and Burton. As a resident moves through the program from stage to stage, he or she will also physically move to a new house.
Over 1,700 men and women have participated in the Transitional Housing Program. The vast majority have been dealing with addiction and relationship issues that have cost them their families, their jobs and even their freedom. Every one comes to the program wanting to work on their external issues: employment, fines, child support, bad credit, probation, etc. Wherever they are on their journey, their lives and ours have been forever changed by our time together.
- Safe, supportive housing up to one year
- Stable environment in which mothers and children can be reunited
- Savings program
- Access to computer education
- Personal goal planning and money management
- Financial assistance for medical needs, employment purposes, individual counseling and debt-reduction
- Assistance to access local services, including independent housing
- Graduate after-care program to provide on-going support
Program Commitments required of Residents
- $25 security deposit due at time of move-in
- Savings and program payments based on income
- Food payments: $25/week per adult; $5 additional per week per child
- A desire to make changes in one’s life
- A commitment to address personal issues
- Honesty with self and others
- The ability to take responsibility for one’s own choices
QUALIFICATIONS FOR SERVICE: Positive recommendation from a residential recovery program and involvement in a daily program (employment or education)
Volunteer Meal Opportunities
Every night of the year volunteers prepare a meal and bring it to residents in our Stage One houses (one fore men, and another for women). The volunteers eat with our residents and staff in a casual environment as a way to embrace family and friends of the community.
If you are interested in preparing a meal please call our office to sign up (302) 652-8133 or fill out the Volunteer Application.
Transitional House Office:
722 N. Union St.
Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 428-0151 (Call for an appointment)