As a winter storm moves into Delaware, Code Purple alerts are being activated across the state to help homeless persons in need of a warm shelter.
Weather conditions and the resources of the coordinating agency or place of worship will determine how long each shelter remains open.
Residents with emergency housing needs are encouraged to call 211 to be directed to the most appropriate shelter or service.
> Friendship House will open a shelter at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 720 N. Orange Street, Wednesday through Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Volunteers will provide soup, sandwiches, hot beverages, paper and cleaning products. For more information, call Bill Perkins at (302) 559-5716.
> The Salvation Army will open its shelter at 400 N. Orange Street, Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Men will be provided a cot setup in the gymnasium and women will be provided accommodation in the women's shelter. An evening snack and continental breakfast will be served.
> A coalition of Newark faith communities will offer sanctuary from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Volunteers will support guests in a church common room with access to bathrooms, a light evening meal, hot beverages and blankets. Anyone in need of shelter from the storm should call (302) 544-0165 for the host sanctuary and to register for services with the Newark Empowerment Center at 69 E. Main Street. The center's office hours are 1 to 4 p.m.
> Shepherd Place, 1362 Governors Avenue in Dover, will provide shelter and food to women and children until the weather breaks. Eight cots, plus crib and bassinet are available. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner. The shelter is in need of volunteers, food and meal planning and additional supplies.
> Mt. Carmel Church, 117 N. West Street in Dover, is offering food and shelter to men until the weather breaks. Fifteen cots are available. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner. The shelter is in need of volunteers, food and meal planning and additional supplies.
> Presbyterian Church of Dover, 54 S. State Street, is offering shelter to as many as 20 women and children until the weather breaks. The shelter is in need of volunteers and sleeping bags. For more information, call The Rev. Lee MacCallum at (718) 820-2297.
> Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach, is offering overnight sanctuary Wednesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. At this time, the facility can only house individuals. Families seeking sanctuary from the snow and cold will be referred to an alternative housing option, permitting resource availability. For more information, call Nan Ruhl at (302) 604-2619.