Code Purple is a statewide movement that helps people who are homeless find a place of refuge or shelter when winter weather conditions become to dangerous for individuals or families to remain outside. Typically, the weather and wind chill must fall below 32 degrees. Code Purple sites are staffed by trained volunteers and usually are located at Houses of Worship (churches) and targeted shelters that provide a safe, warm and short-term shelter which can last up to 24-hrs. The implementation and operation of Code Purple varies by county.
Wilmington and Newark: The lead agency for Code Purple in New Castle County is Friendship House, which operates two Code Purple winter sanctuary programs--one in Wilmington and the other in Newark through the Newark Empowerment Center. The Wilmington program is operated in collaboration with the Salvation Army. Beside the Friendship/Salvation Army winter sanctuary program, the Sunday Breakfast Mission and the Rick VanStory Resource Center offer overnight shelter to both men and women.
The Salvation Army has declared Code Purple for the evening of Jan. 3, with additional declarations expected:
In Newark, Code Purple has been declared for Thursday, Jan. 4, through Saturday, Jan. 6. The Newark Empowerment Center (Friendship House) connects people with overnight stays at a rotating group of churches when Code Purple is declared, with visitors welcome for emergency sanctuary from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. To register, call 302.544.0165.
As Code Purple sites are updated frequently for Kent County, please dial 1-800-733-6816 to hear the latest list of participating locations, dates and times.
Addresses for Sanctuaries and other supports include:
Code Purple is declared when temperatures fall below 32 degrees. Sanctuaries through the weekend:
For more information, call the Kent County Code Purple hotline at 302.519.0024 or click here.
To be connected to Code Purple assistance, users should dial 2-1-1 or visit the website.