Shelter fighting to open doors this winter

LEWES, Del. – One local shelter has spent over a decade helping the homeless survive winters on Delmarva, but now as temperatures only continue to get colder, that shelter is struggling to help those in need.

“The issue is absolutely that there’s nowhere for us to house both men and women, or men and women separately, men, women, and children,” Janet Idema, the President of Immanuel Shelter, said.

With nowhere to house the homeless, the Immanuel Shelter is doing everything they can to find doors to open this winter.

“We don’t have a spot, so we’re looking at local motels, we’re looking at local rentals that might be available, we’re looking at trying to get extra people into transitional housing,” Idema said.

The shelter is desperate, after the church they normally partnered with wasn’t available for use this winter and after the building that the shelter owns was deemed unable to open as a shelter.  That left the Immanuel Shelter with nowhere to go and nowhere to utilize all they have to offer.

“We have the support of LRAC, which is the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches, we have the support of the local parishes, we have financial donors,” Idema said.

Now, the shelter is begging you to help them find somewhere to help those who need it most.

“We’re looking at every opportunity we can, and we’d welcome someone to say ‘I’ve got an abandoned Ruby Tuesdays on Route One, or a church we never use on Route Nine,’ we’d be thrilled,” Idema said.

The Immanuel Shelter says if you want to get involved, to keep an eye on their Facebook Page for a date for their next meeting.

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