Make a donation - designate Newark Empowerment Center'Designate your gift for the Newark Empowerment Center
  • Home
  • Services Provided
  • Code Purple
  • NEC Partners
  • How to Help
  • Contact Us

First Code Purple Night - January 4rd, 2013


"A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out"

The motto for the Newark Empowerment Center is also our philosophy. In cooperation with the Friendship House, we provide assistance to the homeless in the Newark Delaware area. For us, homeless is defined as anyone who doesn't have control over their surroundings: living on the street, in transitory housing, with friends or family, or in transitional housing. Our volunteers' strategies are to work with those in need to alleviate their current hardships and to help them prepare for the future.

Marc Marcus, Assistant Executive Director, Friendship House states "We're not just an organization that divvies out money for an electric bill over here and money for that over there,we're really an organization that sits down and talks with you." Because the homeless begin to see the genuine effort counselors take in hearing and understanding their troubles, some are inclined to let their guard down and form a relationship with advisers. "To let someone in that much really makes a difference in the way they live."

The stories and backgrounds of homeless people who visit the center vary across the board, as do the needs and concerns they bring to volunteers.

Location:

Newark United Methodist Church
69 E. Main St.
Newark, DE  19711
www.newark-umc.org

Center hours:

Monday through Thursday
(Closed Fridays in July and August)
1:00 - 4:00 pm
(Call for Holiday Hours)

Contact Information:

302-544-0165 During center hours
302-652-3105 For church referrals
302-652-8278 Friendship House

A Collaborative Ministry of Friendship House and the
Newark Homeless Coalition

Friendship House

www.friendship-house.org

"A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out"

Services Provided

Hospitality

During hours of operation, volunteers are on hand to greet people and provide:
  • Sanctuary from the elements
  • Hot beverage
  • Bag lunch
  • Restrooms

Home Base

Assistance with basic services includes:
  • Mail service
  • Phone service
  • Assistance with ID
  • Bus tickets

Consultation & Referral

Professional social services staff are available to work with individuals on specific needs and to make referrals for:
  • Emergency shelter
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Medical needs

Screening for Financial Assistance

Persons asking for assistance at any of our participating faith communtities may be referred to the Newark Empowerment Center for a personal interview with the Friendship House staff person.

Persons seeking financial help must:

  • Reside in the Greater Newark area
  • Demonstrate that their income normally matches their expenses
  • Show how the funds requested will resolve their current financial crisis
If the above conditions are met, the NEC, through its faith communities, is usually able to provide some level of financial assistance, usually in the form of matching funds.

Financial assistance contact numbers:

  • When NEC is open - 302-544-0165
  • When NEC is closed - 302-652-3105

"A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out"

Code Purple


The Friendship House and the faith communities of the Newark Homeless Coalition operate an overnight sanctuary when there is forecasted life-threatening weather conditions. Typically, a Code Purple night will be called when the forecasted wind chill factor falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is not a shelter.  There are no beds, showers, or lockers.  It is simply a warm, safe room in the facility of one of our congregations.  It is open from 6:00pm to 6:00am.  The host congregation will provide a light supper in the evening, hot beverages throughout the night, and personal attention to each client's needs before morning departure, including transportation vouchers for those who need them.

The hosting location for a Code Purple night will be communicated to the faith community, the Newark Police, U of D Office of Public Safety, area emergency medical treatment locations, Hope Dining Room, and the Newark Free Library. For more information about Code Purple, call or visit the NEC during office hours or contact Bill Perkins at fhbp@msn.com.


Code Purple Nights and Participating Congregations

The door opens at 6 p.m. People may call the Empowerment Center at 302-544-0165 for further information or for seeking assistance.

The following congregations rotate the responsibility of hosting the Code Purple Sanctuary:

CBC - Calvary Baptist Church (View Map)
215 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark DE

FPC - First Presbyterian Church (View Map)
292 West Main Street, Newark DE

HFC - Holy Family Catholic Church (View Map)
15 Gender Road, Newark DE

NUM - Newark United Methodist Church (View Map)
69 E. Main Street, Newark DE

STE - St. Thomas Episcopal Church (View Map)
21 Elkton Road, Newark, DE

SPL - St. Paul's Lutheran Church (View Map)
701 South College Avenue, Newark, DE

UCC - New Ark United Church of Christ (View Map)
300 E. Main Street, Newark DE

UUF - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark (View Map)
420 Willa Road, Newark DE


Code Purple Sanctuary Schedule

  • 1:00 4:00 PM Off site admissions (Weekdays in person at NEC, Weekends by phone with FH staff)
  • 5:00 PM Site preparations by church volunteer team & FH staff person
  • 6:00 PM Admissions and a simple supper
  • 8:00 PM Supper ends (Hot beverages /go bags still available)
  • 9:00 PM Quiet time (Lights dimmed for those wishing to sleep)
  • 5:00 AM Wake up (Use of restrooms, Hot beverages/ togo bags available)
  • 6:00 AM Departure of all guests

"A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out"

Our Partners

Friendship House is a non-profit Christian corporation that cooperates with and welcomes all the faith community committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the homeless people in Delaware.  Working with over 100 faith communities in New Castle County, Friendship House operates a network of three day centers, two feeding programs, one emergency shelter, eight transitional housing programs and the Clothing Bank of Delaware.

For more information on Friendship House, Inc., please visit www.friendship-house.org or contact Bill Perkins at fhbp@msn.com or call Friendship House at 302-652-8278.


Newark Homeless Coalition

An ad hoc Newark community coalition has worked with Friendship House, Inc., to find the best means to assist the homeless and people in need in the Greater Newark area.  Nearly twenty faith communities and numerous community organizations have already chosen to join the Newark Homeless Coalition.

If your organization is interested in joining this important work, or you would like more information about the coalition, please contact Richard Waibel at rlwaibel@aol.com or 302-737-7848.


Participating Faith Communities

Newark United Methodist Church
69 E. Main St.
Newark, DE   19711
302-368-8774
www.newark-umc.org

Kingswood United Methodist Church
300 Marrows Rd.
Brookside Park
Newark, DE   19713
302-738-4478

First Presbyterian Church
292 W. Main St.
Newark, DE   19711
302-731-5644

Head of Christina Presbyterian Church
1100 Church Rd.
Newark, DE   19711
302-731-4169

White Clay Presbyterian Church
15 Polly Drummond Hill Rd.
Newark, DE   19711
302-737-2100

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
200 Marrows Rd.
Brookside Park
Newark, DE   19713
302-738-4331

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
109 Gypsy Hill Rd.
Landenberg, PA  19352
610-255-5512

Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church
Rt. 896
Bear, DE   19702
302-834-4772

Temple Beth El
301 Possum Park Rd.
Newark, DE   19711
302-366-8330

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Rd.
Newark, DE   19711
302-368-2984
www.uufn.org

Holy Family Catholic Church
15 Gender Rd.
Newark, DE   19713
302-368-4665

St. Johns - Holy Angels Catholic Church
82 Possum Park Rd.
Newark, DE   19711
302-731-2200

St. Thomas More Oratory
45 Lovett Avenue
Newark, DE  19716
302-368-4728
www.udcatholic.org/

St. Margaret of Scotland RC Church
2431 Frazer Rd.
Newark, DE  19702
302-834-0225

NewArk United Church of Christ
300 E. Main St.
Newark, DE   19711
302-737-4711
NewArkUCC@aol.com

Calvary Baptist Church
215 E. Delaware Ave.
Newark, DE   19711
302-368-4904

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
701 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE   19713
302-368-0064
www.stpaulsnewarkde.org

St. Thomas Episcopal
276 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE   19711
302-368-4644

St. Nicholas Episcopal
10 Old Newark Rd.
Newark, DE   19713
302-368-4655

Eastpoint Church
230 Executive Dr.
Newark, DE   19713
302-738-4415


Other Community Organizations

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland and Delaware, Inc.
LImestone Building, Suite 212
2055 Limstone Rd.
Wilmington, DE   19808
1-800-642-2227 (Call for an appointment)

"A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out"

How to Help

The services provided by the NEC are made possible by the generous donations from individuals, partner faith communities, businesses, and charitable gift funds. 

To provide financial support, contact:

Bill Perkins, Friendship House
fhbp@msn.com
302-559-5716

Or, send contributions to:

Friendship House, Inc.
P.O. Box 1517
Wilmington, DE   19899
Memo: "Newark Center"

Or, make an online financial contribution:

Please remember to designate 'Newark Empowement Center' for your gift when asked.


In kind donations (print version):

  • Hot beverages:
    • Coffee
    • Sweetner
    • Creamer
    • Stir sticks
  • Bag Lunches "Go Bag" contents:
    • Protein source such as a microwavable pasta meal, single serving soup/stew, or tuna lunch
    • Individual Juice box/bag
    • Snack pack such as Granola Bar, Crackers with cheese or peanut butter, cookies, etc
    • Applesauce or individual fruit cup
    • Spoon
    • Napkin
      • Each lunch should be put together in a gallon sized Ziploc-type bag.
      • All expiration dates should be at least 3 months from date of purchase.
  • "Hygiene Kit" contents:
    • Soap
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrush
    • Deodorant
    • Hand Lotion
    • Comb
    • Shampoo
    • Razor
    • Shaving Cream
    • Feminine Hygiene Products
    • Tissues
      • Small, travel-sized items work best
      • Include the feminine hygiene products in 1/3 of the bags.
      • Please make sure toothpaste expiration date is at least 3 months from date of purchase
      • All items should be placed in a gallon sized Ziploc-type bag.
  • Blankets for Code Purple nights

  • Contact:

    Claire Priester
    Newark United Methodist Church
    cl8ire88@comcast.net

    Debbie Galonsky
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    dgalonsky@hotmail.com


    Newark Empowerment Center Volunteers

    Our efforts wouldn't be possible without the dedication of our volunteers.  We are looking for volunteers to work three hour shifts, at least once a month to provide hospitality to NEC visitors.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact:

    Sheila Anderson
    First Presbyterian Church
    sbatree@hotmail.com

    hand up

    "A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out"

    Contact Us

    The Newark Empowerment Center is a Collaborative Ministry of Friendship House and the Newark Homeless Coalition

    Call Friendship House at 302-652-8278 or contact Bill Perkins at fhbp@msn.com.

    How to reach us by Phone:

    302-544-0165 During center hours
    302-652-3105 For church referrals
    302-652-8278 Friendship House

    Our Location:

    Newark United Methodist Church
    69 E. Main St.
    Newark, DE   19711
    www.newark-umc.org


    Coordinator

    Richard Waibel
    302-737-7848
    rlwaibel@aol.com

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Sheila Anderson
    First Presbyterian Church
    sbatree@hotmail.com

    Donations Coordinators

    Claire Priester
    Newark United Methodist Church
    cl8ire88@comcast.net

    Debbie Galonsky
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    dgalonsky@hotmail.com

    Website Coordinator

    Karen DeMonte
    Newark United Methodist Church
    kdemonte@udel.edu

    For more information, please contact Bill Perkins, Friendship House