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Organizations Gear up for Homeless Ahead of Winter

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- With winter approaching, churches and non-profits in Georgetown are stocking up on donations for the homeless.

Though this is a year-long commitment for most of these organizations, places like the Shepherd's Office in Georgetown, say they are in need of more donations now, more than ever.

Jim Martin, director of the Shepherd's Office, says his organization collects food for the homeless year round, but says they could use things like blankets, batteries, toiletries, food, and other items people may use to go camping right about now. 

Martin says around this time of year, donations like this are very helpful, especially to help the many he believes are actively in the midst of Sussex County's "housing crisis."

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Georgetown also collects donations year round, and says they are also looking for donations like canned goods, toiletries, personal wipes, and toilet paper.

Though these donations may help people in need immediately, people like Jim Martin say there is still much work to be done, and that long term solutions are needed in Georgetown that will directly impact the homeless population. 

Martin proposes setting up tents within town limits to immediately give homeless people a place to stay at night. Martin says he hopes to work with the town to find a designated safe place for the homeless. 

Georgetown Mayor Bill West says this option may not be feasible, and that developing housing for the homeless outside of town limits may be a better option for the town, citing public safety as a concern. 

Though no definite solutions are being perused at the moment, West says any permanent housing solution the town may explore would need to be funded and run by the state or through donated funds, so the town would not have to absorb the costs to run the homes or development. 

 

 

 

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