• Catholic Charities Diocese of Wilmington
  • Description of Services
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is a faith-based, social services organization, delivering critical direct-care human services to over 100,000 individuals and families residing in Delaware and the nine counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, regardless of their religion, race, or ability to pay.

    * We support low-income households in crisis who need help paying for basic living expenses.
    * We serve homeless, pregnant teens and young women and their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping them become nurturing parents and independent, contributing members of society.
    * We administer the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to provide healthy meals for children in daycare.
    * Our Immigration Program helps to resolve issues related to a person's legal status in the United States that are causing, may cause, or have caused family separation and problems in personal, social and economic adjustment.

    * The Refugee Resettlement Program provides reception, placement, and monitoring services.

    * Our Domestic Violence and Anger Management Services program focuses on offenders and batterers (men and women) to teach effective ways of handling intimate partner relationships.
    * We also provide our services to the migrant labor community in our region.

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  • Friendship House, Inc.
  • Description of Services
  • Friendship House, Inc. leads a coalition of over 100 churches and faith-based communities that serves as sanctuary and a stepping-stone for those in need by means of the following programs:
    1. Day Ministries—Provides food and beverage including a weekly Sunday breakfast, restrooms, phones, mail and message services, consultations, referrals and on-site empowerment programs
    2. Emergency Shelter—A 24-bed emergency shelter for homeless men and an emergency church-based sanctuary from severe weather
    3. Transitional Housing—Eleven halfway houses (four for men, seven for women and children) providing a supportive, secure environment for motivated individuals committed to addressing their unresolved spiritual, social, and economic issues
    4. Clothing Bank—Collects and distributes clothing to needy individuals
    5. Financial Assistance—Provides limited financial assistance to disenfranchised clients primarily for identification cards, certifications, transportation, housing, medical expenses, and debt reduction.
  • Se habla Español: No
  • Winter Sanctuary Program: Starting the second Saturday of November, we start our Winter Sanctuary program. Every Saturday, starting the second Saturday of November until the Saturday before Palm Sunday, First and Central Presbyterian Church opens their doors from 6am to 11am for our use to host a safe, warm place for those who may not have anywhere else to go. Trinity Episcopal Church opens a space for the same hospitality Sundays from 6am to 11am. With most day centers and shelters closed, there are few options to protect oneself from the elements. We offer coffee, water, bathrooms, and a warm atmosphere. There is no need to RSVP.
  • Street address:
  • 1503 N. 13th Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19806-4255
  • Web address: http://friendship-house.org

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  • Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, Inc.
  • Description of Services
  • For more than 25 years, BCCS has been a trusted provider of outstanding substance abuse and behavioral health treatment, HIV/AIDS prevention and education initiatives, mental health and advocacy services. Our core program offerings fall under one of five critical areas of care: Education, Advocacy, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Treatment. We pride ourselves on helping members of our community recover with dignity, while also focusing on improving their physical health. BCCS makes good things possible. Originally part of Wilmington Medical Center, BCCS was incorporated as a separate non-profit in 1985. We have been a full member United Way agency since 1988. We serve populations that are often considered the most vulnerable. We understand and treat behavioral illnesses directly, along with their indirect consequences, such as substance abuse, child neglect and abuse, family violence, infant mortality, and HIV/AIDS. Our programs provide intervention and treatment through the use of medication, counseling, education, and referral to self-help groups. Appropriate aftercare referrals provide continuing support for recovery. Since 2003, BCCS has worked to improve client access to and retention in treatment as part of the nationwide Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) project. We have done this by identifying and improving flawed processes, and without additional costs or staff.
  • Se habla Español: No
  • Contact Carlos Cornielle (ccornielle@brandywinecounseling.org) if you need a class offering in Spanish.
    Locations of Syringe Exchange Services:
    The service is provided on a mobile van at sites throughout Wilmington. See the current schedule here.
  • Street address:
  • 2713 Lancaster Avenue
  • Wilmington, DE 19805
  • Web address: http://www.brandywinecounseling.org/

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  • Our Youth, Inc.
  • Description of Services
  • Our Youth, Inc. is a TEACHING, TRAINING, & EMPOWERING center for at-risk youth. Our Youth, Inc. Programs include: In-School SES Services, The Homework Club After School Program, The Life Prep. Program, and Community Collaborations. Meals are served to each participant daily Mon.-Fri. These programs assist in decreasing hunger, illiteracy, and unemployment with a special emphasis on younger at-risk youth.

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  • West End Neighborhood House
  • Description of Services
  • The variety of services offered at West End include after school child care, tutoring, adult employment training and educational services, low-interest loan programs, financial literacy and education, transitional housing for former foster-care youth, affordable housing and community revitalization efforts.
  • Se habla Español: No
  • West End helps Delaware families meet immediate needs, such as assistance with food, and periodically offers funds for delinquent rent, mortgage and/or utilities for those in crisis situations.
  • Street address:
  • 710 N. Lincoln Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19805
  • Web address: http://www.westendnh.org/

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  • St. Patrick's Center
  • Description of Services
  • * Senior Nutrition Program Congregate midday meals are served everyday of the year for seniors age 60 and older in the dining room, and meals are delivered to homebound individuals. Over 9,000 meals are served annually and over 5,000 meals are delivered. Program provided in cooperation with CityFare.
    * Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors USDA food boxes are distributed monthly to seniors who register for the program and meet income criteria. Over 700 boxes are distributed annually. Program provided in cooperation with the Food Bank of Delaware.
    * Transportation for Seniors and People with Disabilities Seniors and others with disabilities receive transportation to and from their homes to the Center with service provided six days each week. Transportation is provided for medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other activities as planned. Over 10,000 trips are completed annually.
    * Emergency Grocery Program Individuals and families in need of emergency food receive a three day supply of groceries. Over 2,000 people are served annually.
    * Produce Distribution Fresh produce is provided three days each week and distributed based on availability from various sources. Over 7,000 people are served annually.
    * Homeless Respite Services Daytime services are provided on weekdays for people who are homeless. A safe secure environment out of the weather, use of phones, laundry and shower facilities, clothing, information and referral, and other services are offered. Over 30 people are served each month.
    * Clothing Bank Good quality used, and sometimes new, clothing is offered to people of all ages every weekday. There is no charge to recipients, although donations are accepted. Over 3,600 people are served annually.
    * Breakfast Program A hot made-to-order breakfast is provided every weekday at minimal cost. Over 2,400 people are served annually.
    * Recreational and Educational Activities Participants at the Center utilize the space available to engage in activities of their choosing. These include weekly Bible study, Bingo, cards, Triominos, puzzles, educational presentations, or other activities. A monthly newsletter is provided.
    * Individualized Services Some participants need additional assistance that is not formally offered as part of a program. Based on specific needs and/or requests by family members, certain individuals receive help with money management, check cashing, assistance with setting up medical appointments, telephone reassurance, and other services. About 20 people each month receive at least one of these services on a regular basis.
  • Se habla Español: No
  • The Congregate meals served on site daily is an age entitlement program for anyone 60 years of age or older - there is a request for $1.50 donation - not required to receive service - Under 60 people are required to pay $4.00. The morning Breakfast program is available to anyone regardless of age - La Carte - an average of 75 cents. The Grocery Club has 587 regular members and accounts for 362 children who are eligible to come weekly.
  • Street address:
  • 107 East 14th Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19801-3209
  • Web address: http://www.stpatrickscenter.org

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  • Sunday Breakfast Mission
  • Description of Services
  • Sunday Breakfast Mission is a Christian mission that provides a variety of programs for individuals and families who are homeless, have drug abuse problems, as well as social and emotional disabilities. It also offers housing options, community meals and clothes for men, women, boys and girls. Additionally, the mission offers family counseling, Christian worship and Bible study services for needy families through its community outreach program. It also offers household goods, food and appliances to low-income families through its thrift store ministry. Sunday Breakfast Mission conducts conducts back-to-school rallies and provides school supplies and backpacks to school-age children. The mission operates a career education center, which provides learning, reading and work life planning opportunities.
  • Se habla Español: No
  • The food bank, at 110 Poplar St., serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and also provides about 35 families with 50-pound boxes of food twice a month. Breakfast served to those who stay overnight.

    Community Meal: A hot, nutrious meal is served to more than 200 men, women and children each night. Served at 6pm: arrive around 5:30pm.

    Medical Clinic
    The doors to the mission open on Tuesday nights to offer basic medical care to people living on the streets.
  • Street address:
  • 110 N. Poplar Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19801-3924
  • Web address: https://www.sundaybreakfastmission.org/

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  • The Ministry of Caring, Inc.
  • Description of Services
  • The Ministry of Caring is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides a network of social, health and support services for those living in poverty, including the homeless and working poor, in greater Wilmington. The organization has grown to include numerous shelters, transitional residences and long-term housing facilities, three dining rooms, child care programs, a dental office and other facilities.
  • Se habla Español: No
  • Emmanuel Dining Room helps alleviate the immediate needs of Delaware's hungry with nutritious meals served at no cost and with no questions asked. 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. All who come through its doors are warmly welcomed.

    121 North Jackson St.
    Wilmington, DE 19805-3670

    226 North Walnut St.
    Wilmington, DE 19801-3934

    500 Rogers Rd.
    New Castle, DE 19720-1398
  • Street address:
  • 506 N. Church St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19801-4812
  • Web address: http://www.ministryofcaring.org/

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  • Neighborhood House, Inc.
  • Description of Services
  • Neighborhood House is an organization that operates on a foundation of Christian principles pursuing two primary purposes: Assist and guide people with finding their own paths of awareness, self-sufficiency, productivity, hopefulness and success; Provide leadership, support, and advocacy for a comprehensive approach to community, economic, and leadership development.
    Neighborhood House does this by offering ongoing services and special projects that enable those they serve to thrive in today's society and increase the emotional health of their family unit; leading, supporting, and partnering with individuals and other organizations focused on a shared goal of making our communities stronger and more vital; developing and supporting community leaders across all age groups through training and mentoring.
  • Se habla Español: No
  • Neighborhood House often receives financial donations which allow them to provide financial assistance for homeowners, renters and/or persons in need of utility or food assistance. The food closet is open every day and you must call and ask for Family Services to set up an appointment to come in for the assistance.
    Family Services in South Wilmington offers fresh produce for the community every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
  • Street address:
  • 1218 B Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19801-5844
  • Web address: http://neighborhoodhse.org/

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  • St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
  • Description of Services
  • The Lutheran Community Services (LCS) Food Pantry at St. Stephen's is the busiest food pantry in the state of Delaware. We provide three days' of emergency food provision to 800-1000 families each month.
    On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings (5-7pm) each month, St. Stephen's hosts a produce distribution in conjunction with the normal food pantry distribution. This evening distribution helps to better serve the families in need by offering those working during the day more convenient hours. This shift from day time to evening hours enables us to reach another 125 families.
  • Se habla Español: No
  • The LCS Food Pantry at St. Stephen's is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - noon (except 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, the food pantry is open from 5-7 pm). Pre-registration or a referral is needed for this program. St. Stephen's is limited to 10 referrals per day. For a list of other referring agencies, please visit http://www.saintstephenslutheranchurch.org/food-pantry
  • Street address:
  • 1301 N. Broom St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19806-4205
  • Web address: http://www.saintstephenslutheranchurch.org/

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  • Stop the Violence Prayer Chain, Inc.
  • Description of Services
  • Stop the Violence Prayer Chain Foundation is made up of men and women from all walks of life. Our main goal is to help in the communities where we are needed. We are on a mission to help the less fortunate. We go out in our communities plagued by gun violence; we link hands with the community in prayer with families who have lost loved ones to gun violence. We are determined to do anything we can to combat violence and prevent recidivism for our youth and young adults. We also help homeless veterans and their families, domestic violence victims, youth and young adults in need of employment and training, less fortunate families in need.

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  • Code Purple Sussex County
  • Description of Services
  • The organizing agency for Code Purple in Sussex is a coalition of the groups working with area homeless. Sussex County Homeless Coalition is a grassroots coalition to help the groups serving the homeless coordinate services better.

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