LEWES, Del. – Now that the former Delaware State Police building in Lewes has been given the green light to be used as a homeless shelter, volunteers wasted no time prepping the space to get it ready for use.
“The community saw our list of needs and they’re bringing in what we need. Tables, chairs, refrigerators, coffee, microwaves; all those essential supports that you need to make a shelter open tonight,” said Love INC. Executive Director, Susan Kent.
Organizers with Love INC and Code Purple Sussex County tell 47 ABC the new shelter will be able to house about 16 people giving those in need a place to rest. A place that we’re told was seriously needed in the cape region.
“In this area, our estimates of uniquely homeless are around the 40 mark. So those are people that right here in this area that are experiencing homelessness,” said Kent.
“I know just because I’m at the soup kitchen’s and so forth, how desperately this is needed,” said volunteer Kathy Hughes.
But we’re told none of this could’ve happened without the help from state Senator Ernie Lopez and House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf who pushed to open the cold-weather shelter. And not to mention the volunteers who dedicated their time to create a safe haven- for the people who need it most.
“We are addressing the need in the community, the homeless and we’re going to give folks an opportunity to stay warm this winter and that’s special,” said PR manager for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Justin Mulcahy.
Volunteers add that despite another shelter opening up in Sussex County, their work is never done. And they will do whatever it takes to make sure everyone has food in their stomach and a safe place to rest their head at night
Unlike Code Purple’s other eight shelters, this shelter will only be open on sub-freezing nights and it will be open Monday night beginning at 7 PM.