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Emergency Shelters

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  • For Single Women

    Mary Mother of Hope House I

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    1103 West Eighth Street, Wilmington, DE 19806-4605
    Capacity: 21 women
    (302) 652-8532

    Mary Mother of Hope House I opened in 1977 as the first emergency shelter for single homeless women in the Delmarva Peninsula. This shelter provides housing and supportive services for those women 18 and over who want to address the root causes of their homelessness. Programs include intensive case management, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health services, housing assistance and placement, and job search and training. Since Hope House I began, over 6,000 women have received supportive services that helped them regain self-esteem and improve the quality of their lives in a safe and secure environment. The newly renovated facility can accommodate 21 women.

  • For Women and Children

    Samaritan Housing (temporarily closed)

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    917 North Madison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801-1439
    Capacity: 8 units, 23-bed total
    (302) 428-3653

    Founded in 2019, Samaritan Housing provides immediate crisis housing for women and women with children with Delaware Division of State Service Center housing voucher approval after emergencies such as house fires have left them homeless. Unlike earlier “motel vouchers” only for rooms, the eight-unit, 23-bed Samaritan Housing provides up to 28 days of clean, safe housing along with meals, access to medical and dental care, mental health care, child care, job training/placement, help finding housing, free furniture and home goods – and services of an intake coordinator, case manager, resident manager and program director. Opened in 2019, Samaritan Housing served 113 households before 2020’s end, with 81 percent achieving stabilized living situations.


    Mary Mother of Hope House II

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    121 North Jackson Street, Wilmington, DE 19805-3670
    Capacity: 9 bedrooms, including 9 cribs and 24 beds
    (302) 652-1935


    Mary Mother of Hope House III

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    515 North Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19805-3144
    Capacity: 6 bedrooms, including 4 cribs and 16 beds
    (302) 652-0970

    In response to the special needs of homeless women with children, the Ministry of Caring established two emergency shelters, Mary Mother of Hope House II & III (founed in 1983 and 1988 respectively). These cheerful, comfortable sites provide residents with a stable environment of support and guidance along with nourishing, well-balanced meals for 30 to 45 days. In their journeys toward self-sufficiency, the women also have an opportunity to acquire skills in life management and parenting and also to use Ministry of Caring child care services. Their children receive educational and recreational enrichment throughout their stays. Hope House II & III are key points of entry into the Ministry continuum of care for the homeless. Case managers can easily connect women with services such as job training/placement assistance, medical and dental care and personal counseling.

  • For Single Men

    House of Joseph I

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    1328 West Third Street, Wilmington, DE 19805-3662
    Capacity: 12 men
    (302) 652-0904

    Founded in 1985, House of Joseph I provides emergency shelter and services to homeless employable men. Residents come to the shelter for reasons that include family challenges, substance abuse, mental health disorders, unemployment or underemployment. Case managers initially help the men to resolve immediate crises. Subsequently, they begin the process of identifying barriers to long-term self-sufficiency. The opportunity to learn life management skills has proven especially helpful. When case managers determine which residents need and desire additional supportive services, they may refer them to a holistic residence or long-term housing program of the Ministry of Caring. Throughout every resident’s stay, House of Joseph I strives to help each man reach his next step on the road to independent living.

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