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Code Purple Shelters in Kent County Ready for Extra Guests

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DOVER, Del.- There are now four shelters in Kent County that are Code Purple Shelters. Last week, there weren't any Code Purple Shelters in the county. But after a group of officials met to speak about this problem, they stepped up in a massive way.

The Shepherd's Place, the Presbyterian Church of Dover, Mount Carmel Church of the Living God and Dover Interfaith Mission will be available if the state declares code purple to take in people from 5pm to 7am the following morning.

"We're open, we're ready, we have the staff, we have the volunteers, we have food, and we're ready to help those in need," said Denise Gomez, the Shelter Manager at the Shepherd's Place.

Once the shelter received word about becoming code purple, the donations starting pouring in. They received a lot of extra clothing, coats, toiletries and food for the possibility of extra guests.

"We've been getting that all based on donations which is fantastic," said Gomez.

The Shepherd's Place also wants to make sure their extra code purple guests will have a plan after they leave the shelter. Gomez adds that they would like to provide them with clothes and food to go, as well as a bus pass to help them be able to focus on their next step.

Setting up Code Purple Shelters in Kent County happened quickly. Levy Court Commissioner Allan Angel says it was something the area needed.

"They have homeless people but they don't have any shelters in those areas," said Angel. "I've already warned the commissioners that they may be getting calls."

For leaders at some of the other shelters involved like Presbyterian Church of Dover, it came as no surprise how quickly they were able to prepare.

"I'm not at all surprised," said Reverend Lee MacCallum from the Presbyterian Church Of Dover. "I made an announcement Sunday and our church and I had 40 volunteers Sunday morning."

Together all four locations can accommodate over 40 people in need of a place to stay.

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