The Women’s Transitional Housing Program at Friendship House offers shelter and care to as many as 34 women and children at a time. Here is a brief summary of the remarks made on Sunday, January 28, 2024 by Shawn Helmick, Program Director, at our 10:30am worship service. Our church and its members have supported Friendship House for many years.
Friendship House has four empowerment centers across Delaware including one in the lower level of SsAM, facing Orange Street. Clients get help with birth certificates, ID cards, and red tape generally. Our Code Purple Program, which SsAM supports, offers shelter when temperatures are forecast below 20ºF.
Friendship House also offers transitional housing, five houses for women and three for men.
At the moment, 27 women and children are being cared for by the Women’s Transitional Housing Program.
They come to us from residential programs such as drug and alcohol rehab, from incarceration, and from shelters like Mary Mother Hope House and the Salvation Army’s Restoration Now program. Women escaping from human trafficking in sex or labor also find us. We walk with our residents through their journey of recovery as they learn to become self efficient and transition into their own home and back into society.
Women stay up to two years while they work to rebuild their credit, get a degree, pay off judgements, and find order in their lives. When they first arrive, we set them up with doctors, intensive outpatient programs, psychiatrists, food stamps, and health insurance. A lot of women arrive with absolutely nothing, not sure which way to turn. We give them options.
Christmas is special for our residents and their children because SsAM members are so generous with gift cards and toys and clothes. SsAM helped give our residents Christmas. The look on their faces when they received their gifts makes it all worthwhile.
Friendship House is a non-profit.
We take no government money. We rely on individuals and churches to run our transitional housing program; actually, to run all our programs.
Thank you all for your help and contributions. Friendship House is about finding a way home. Thanks to people like you, we continue to thrive. Thank you.