2019 Winter Newsletter
A Message From Our Executive Director
"According to comprehensive new data from the Prosperity Now Scorecard, a staggering 40 percent of American households live one missed paycheck away from poverty. That population of proud, hardworking Americans who we used to call the great American middle class are one unexpected expense, one layoff, one medical emergency, one missed paycheck, one government shutdown away from poverty."
Many years ago, Friendship House saw a gap for those in our community dangerously close to experiencing homelessness and displacement. Especially those who are one crisis away from losing their safety net. The first step was to open our Newark Empowerment Center when several churches in Newark also saw a gap of services. When we thought we would be serving mostly those experiencing "house-lessness," we actually have served more men and women in Newark with jobs in homes who found themselves in a crisis and needing our help. Instead of being homeless, they were just on the brink.

Seeing many in our community struggling who live outside of the traditional social services that exist in the city of Wilmington, we began what we called a "suburban expansion." In 2016 we received grants giving us the ability to open our MOT Empowerment Center serving Middletown, Odessa and Townsend. We are actively talking with churches and faith communities in Millcreek and Pike Creek who see the gap and need in their community and are looking for a way to help us open our fourth empowerment center, nestled in another New Castle County suburban neighborhood.
 
Our friends throughout New Castle County and Delaware are in need of help even though they may not live under the official poverty line. In reality, they live dangerously close to slipping under that line. We all have experienced or are at risk of experiencing homelessness and displacement. One crisis away from losing it all. At Friendship House we don't define homelessness as living on the streets or being without a home of one's own. We define it as a time in one's life where they are lost or displaced, including when someone has been temporarily furloughed and can no longer afford rent, groceries, and the electric bill at the same time.
 
Being in a unique position where we have chosen to not accept government money allows us to open the door to every individual or family regardless of their situation - we are not limited by one's income status or location. We are here to listen. And we are here to help. Whether employed, living in a shelter, working through an addiction, or just not sure where to go - we are here for you.

~ Kim Eppehimer, Executive Director
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
We had a great influx of volunteers and donations at our clothing bank for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. day of service. We are so happy and thankful for all of your help and look forward to having all of you visit us again!

Here is the link to our Facebook album showcasing all the wonderful volunteers we had!
CODE PURPLE
It has been a chilly winter with icy winds and frequent snowfall. Friendship House has and will continue to offer shelter and a warm sanctuary to those in need. We have had 18 Code Purple events in Wilmington and Newark combined this winter, and with a chilly March forecast, we are prepared for more.

We would like to thank all the participating churches and volunteers for their donations, time and efforts in helping us carry out this mission.
Highmark Walk 2019
We are so excited to be part of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community again this year! You can help us make this our biggest year yet. The walk is Saturday, June 8 at Frawley Stadium. Check in will start at 7:30 am, group photo at 8:30 and the walk officially begins at 9:00 am!
New this year is the chance to be a sponsor.  Sponsorships are $250 and each sponsor will get mention on the Friendship House web site, Friendship House newsletter and Friendship House e-mailings about the walk. Sponsors will also be prominently displayed next to the Friendship House registration table at the walk.
Upcoming Events
Wilmington Garden Day
This spring you have the chance to tour the most beautiful private gardens in the Brandywine Valley during the 72nd Wilmington Garden Day on May 2! Tickets are on sale now and proceeds benefit Friendship House. For more information click here.
Mothers Day Garden
Looking for a perfect Mother's Day gift? Make a donation to our housing program and its beautiful gardens and we will send a card to a special person in your life! You can make your donation by clicking here. Cards will be sent out just before Mother's Day.
Friendship House Annual Meeting
Come join us the morning of Friday, May 10 for our annual meeting to hear about the great things Friendship House has been able to achieve in 2018 because of your support! We will also share what we are working on for 2019. All are welcome! If you know you can come, please RSVP to fhroxane@aol.com.

May 10, 7:30 am
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1502 W. 13th Street
Wilmington, DE
Volunteer Opportunities
We are in need of volunteers at our three empowerment centers located in Newark, Wilmington, and Middletown. We also have opportunities to serve dinners in housing, help sort clothes at our Clothing Bank, and more! We love volunteers of all ages and have many opportunities during the days, weekends and even evenings. For more information contact our volunteer coordinator Rashita Lewis at (302) 652-8133.
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