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New Code Purple Shelter Approved, Needs Volunteers

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- A new Code Purple shelter has been approved at "The Shepherd's Office" in Georgetown for overnight stay once temperatures drop below freezing.

The location is typically a homeless resource center, but the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office gave final approval that it is safe for people to sleep at.

Code Purple shelters are located throughout Kent and Sussex counties as overnight locations for the area's homeless once the weather gets colder.

Pastor Don Disharoon is one of the organizers of the new shelter.

"With all that we have as individuals and what I have as far as possessions, it makes me very humble to realize somebody thanks you just for a meal, just for a place to be able to rest, comfortably," he said.

According to Disharoon, there is a large and growing homeless population in the Georgetown area and that's why it's imperative to start preparing now, to be ready the second the temperature drops below freezing.

"Hypothermia can start setting in at 40 degrees and below, cause the body runs 98.6," Disharoon said. "So it's just important because we don't want to go find someone out there, behind a building, in a dumpster, something to that nature, that has frozen to death during the night."

Last winter, WBOC spoke with Doug Gibbs, a homeless man utilizing the Code Purple shelters in Sussex County.

"I'm very grateful, I can speak for myself and everybody else. Without this, I would be out in the streets and we might even be dead right now. If it wasn't for these kind folks who are giving us a hand," he said. "People look at us cause they think we're drug addicts, alcoholics, we're not... we just need a chance, we just need somewhere to go."

The shelter also needs volunteers; people to supervise overnight and people to cook. If you are interested in volunteering you can call Pastor Disharoon at 302-381-2647 or visit the Code Purple website.

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