Delaware’s Ministry of Caring: Improving the Lives of Delaware’s Poor and Homeless
From the Emmanuel Dining Room to the organization’s numerous integrated programs, the Ministry of Caring seeks to improve the lives of the state’s underserved communities.
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The poor always need more than food. Often a person who cannot afford to eat desperately needs someone to help them find a job. Someone who wants to work and has preschool children might not be able to afford day care. Those struggling to make ends meet put their health on the line because they cannot afford medical and dental care. Those who come to emergency shelters need help getting their lives back on track through education, job assistance and counseling in life skills.
That’s why the Ministry of Caring’s programs extend far beyond the Emmanuel Dining Room, its most visible and basic program to feed the hungry. The Ministry of Caring includes 19 integrated programs that lift up the poor by addressing their many needs and guiding them to self-sufficiency.
These programs include three locations of the Emmanuel Dining Room; four emergency shelters where the homeless can stay up to 45 days; five transitional residences that are the next step toward independent living; four permanent houses for people with special needs, ranging from women with mental disabilities to those in the advanced stages of AIDS; three childcare centers; a medical van and a dental office; a job placement center; a distribution center that provides donated clothing, furniture and household items; housing, nutrition and activity programs for seniors; and an outreach program that provides intensive case management and housing referral services for homeless people.