Shelters ready amid cold temps, wintry conditions

Delaware shelters declare Code Purple...

SUSSEX CO., Del. - As the cold weather sets in, some shelters in Sussex County, Delaware are spreading the word that they're ready to take people in should the need arise.

Code Purple's shelters have been open for three months straight, providing a place for people to sleep if they are in need of a hot meal and a warm bed.

47ABC spoke with Nikki Gonzalez, Executive Director for Sussex County's Code Purple, who says the shelters opened at 7 p.m. Monday night and close Tuesday morning at 7:45 a.m.

Gonzales says if people still need somewhere to go Tuesday morning, they also provide transportation to a shelter that is open during the day. She tells 47ABC, she wants the community to know that they do everything they can to never turn someone away.

"Call me. Call me and we will try to make it happen. Like I said. I answer the hotline 24/7 because we will take everyone and anybody, it doesn't matter what the circumstance," she says. "If you do not have a warm place to stay tonight or the next week then call me."

Code Purple has five shelters across Sussex county, with some specifically for women and children.

The 24/7 hotline number for Code Purple is 302-519-0024.

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