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Catholic Charities Dedicates New Shelter in Milton

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Casa San Francisco ready for Thanksgiving (Photo: WBOC) Casa San Francisco ready for Thanksgiving (Photo: WBOC)

MILTON, Del. - The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington dedicated the new and improved Casa San Francisco in Milton as part of its shelter services program Thursday.

According to Richelle Vible, the executive director of Catholic Charities, the new shelter, built entirely through donations, will be a massive update from the previous facility.

"The new building will now give us the opportunity to provide these services in a much more dignified setting," she said,

Those services include an emergency shelter of 12 beds and bathroom amenities, utility and rent assistance, case management services, rapid rehousing, behavioral health and immigration services, clothing and furniture donations and food distribution to more than 400 families in Sussex County.

After losing her apartment and a stint in the hospital, Beverly Perdue is one of the current residents of the shelter.

"People that are homeless are looked down upon but you know we can't help it," she supposed. "Just circumstances will get you there sometimes."

Perdue said the shelter has been wonderful to her, helping her find new housing, but in Sussex County she hasn't always felt that to be the case.

"People are afraid of the kind of people that will be there, alcoholics or drug addicts and that's not true," she elaborated.  "I don't think there's anybody here that has a problem like that, not to my knowledge, everybody just needs a place to stay for a little while."

So program manager Melinda Woolf said she hopes this new facility will help with the overall homeless problem in lower Delaware.

"We can now focus on prevention rather than just crisis alleviation," she said. "I think that was the origin of the program, people are in crisis let's help them and now the focus is more on what can we do to help people avoid falling into those pitfalls."

The Casa San Francisco dedication Thursday hosted donors, volunteers and builders. Also in attendance was the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington to bless the building.

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