Local Emergency Shelter a Huge Success

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Rev. Deacon Dorothy Vuono, Program Coordinator

Rev. Kevin Bowers, Assisting Program Coordinator

What began on January 24, 2011 and ended on March 17, 201 was the Emergency Shelter in Milford for men and women sponsored by Circle of Light, Inc. It was a first time venture for the agency that provides help to homeless women or women threatened by homelessness in Milford.

Every day from Jan. 24 through March 17 the Shelter was opened and operated by volunteers from the agency and local Churches. Meals were provided along with overnight volunteers at the shelter. The Intake Center was held at the Circle of Light’s. office at 129 NW Front Street, Milford from 4 – 6 p.m. The “guests” were transported by van to the shelter held at a local Community Church. After a meal and fellowship, there was TV time before “lights out.” In the a.m. breakfast was provided to the “guests” who then left the shelter for the day to seek employment opportunities.

Special thanks to all who participated in any way must go to the local churches who provided the volunteers, food, assistance to the “guests” in some cases providing them with cell phone hours, and other assistance. Christ Episcopal Church Outreach Committee was a major financial contributor from their major fundraiser.

Members of the Reformation Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church, Avenue Methodist Church, St. Paul’s UMC, Freedom Worship Center, The Church of the Nazarene all supported the shelter with prayer, food, transportation, housing the shelter, and volunteers. Wal Mart, Food Lion (Harrington & Milford), West Side Café, Everything Bagel, Abbots Grill (to name a few) gave donations of food; the Lions Club was a major sponsor of the shelter providing donations of clothing, eye glasses and financial support; resident’s gave personal contributions that consisted of toiletries, sweat sets, socks, briefs, towels and wash cloths, Dunkin Donut gift cards; ladies of a local church in Harrington made sleep bags; the Laundry Basket Laundromat helped with discounted pricing for linens used at the shelter.. This support helped make the shelter a success.

It was a wonderful to witness the outpouring of support from all involved and it is with sincere gratitude from the Board of Circle of Light, Inc along with the Program Coordinators in wishing to express thanks for all that was done and with vision to the future. Please call 302-422-2335 if you are interested in helping next year as plans are being formulated. Financial donations are always welcomed and needed. They can be sent to Circle of Light, Inc. PO Box 35, Milford, DE 19963.

God’s work was done in Milford along with helping others in the Georgetown and Dover areas. Heartfelt thanks.