THE FRIENDSHIP HOUSE ORGANIZATION
I can't say enough about this one. I am such a fan of them that I have a section in the blog titled "bill perkins". although it carries his name, it's more about the friendship house than it is bill. but then again....bill perkins in many ways is the friendship house. take a look at it. also visit their website at www.friendship-house.org. they have several different locations that house the homeless in different environments depending on their particular group's needs. dollar for dollar they are very cost efficient in doing so. the other services they provide to the homeless are much needed and provide a very positive step in the direction of repairing the damage that being homeless has inflicted on the individual. they use a very commons sense, results oriented approach while at the same time being understanding of the homeless and their needs in the niche they fill here in this city.
THE RICK VAN STORY RESOURCE CENTER
rvrc was founded by former mental health consumers who recognized the urgent need for a recovery oriented, peer led center for people with psychiatric disabilities and those with mental illness. rvrc empowers people to access the resources and services they need to build an independent life. they are the premier center for promoting recovery, quality of life, advocacy, education, mutual support, peer directed services and participation in mental health policy designed for individuals throughout the state of Delaware. they also operate an overnite shelter for the homeless under counseling or suffering from a mental illness. they operate out of Wilmington and dover Delaware. they also recently acquired two transitional housing for those in addiction recovery in order to make it easier in the journey back to a normal life. this organization has come along way from it's inception and continues to grow and service the needs of the addicted and mentally ill homeless in Delaware. it also has an outreach and path program recently added to its many services. visit them at http://www.rickvanstorycenters.org/
the only overnite shelter for men in the Wilmington area. if you follow or read any of my comments on twitter you know I appreciate and admire the work they do. visit them at www.sundaybreakfastmission.org/ or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SundayBreakfastMission?fref=ts. they are a very good organization and do very good work. they have served and saved countless lives thru the years here in Wilmington. their residential recovery program is faith based, effective and compassionate to its participants. they offer a safe haven at nite for the homeless to have dinner, a shower and a place to rest and sleep. it is well run, relatively clean and a safe place for the homeless to come and remain off the streets during the nite until they can regroup and begin their lives again.
Emmanuel Dining Room helps alleviate the immediate needs of Delaware’s hungry with nutritious meals served at no cost and with no questions asked. The program operates at three locations in economically depressed areas of Wilmington and New Castle, Delaware. At the heart of Emmanuel Dining Room lies the faithful ongoing support of members of nearly 100 churches, synagogues, businesses, and civic groups who prepare and serve meals on a rotating basis. Every day of the year, guests of Emmanuel Dining Room are seated in a clean, cheerful dining room and served a nutritious meal in restaurant fashion. An average of 550 meals are served every day...seven days a week....fifty two weeks a year.. All who come through its doors are warmly welcomed.
personally I believe this organization is responsible for preventing hunger in Wilmington Delaware more so than any other. the meals they serve are truly a blessing to the homeless and the poor and are appreciated throughout the community. the people are usually friendly and courteous....every day...which is more than I can say for most resteraunts. visit their websit at http://www.ministryofcaring.org/dining-rooms for more information or to get a more comprehensive look at this organization
St. Patrick's Center provides emergency food, meals, respite for the homeless, clothing, transportation, and recreational activities for people in need on Wilmington's east side. Our services are provided in a welcoming, dignified, respectful, and caring environment. We recognize that people require more than just basic needs-a person's desire to be respected and accepted is not diminished because they are poor and that desire does not fade as they become elderly. The staff and volunteers of St. Patrick's Center, in the most profound but humble Christian tradition, demonstrate love, value, and respect toward each person and family we serve, inclusive of all cultures, faiths, and beliefs.
this organization operates a drop in center where all homeless are welcome during the day Monday thru Friday. they aren't selective and ask only that you respect the other people in the building and staff. it is a place to acquire rest and relaxation during the day that you can't find anywhere else in Wilmington. they operate a clothing closet that is open daily, a food pantry for those in need and several other useful services. visit them at http://www.stpatrickscenter.org/ and read about this organization and the many services available.
I compliment and give my humble thanks to these organizations along with all the others that have made not only my burden during being homeless easier to carry, but each individual in this community who are or have experienced homelessness and or hunger. keep it local.....keep it simple.
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