"A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out"

The motto for the Newark Empowerment Center is also our philosophy. In cooperation with the Friendship House, we provide assistance to the homeless in the Newark Delaware area. For us, homeless is defined as anyone who doesn't have control over their surroundings: living on the street, in transitory housing, with friends or family, or in transitional housing. Our volunteers' strategies are to work with the poor to alleviate their current hardships and to help them prepare for the future.

Marc Marcus, Assistant Executive Director, Friendship House states "We're not just an organization that divvies out money for an electric bill over here and money for that over there,we're really an organization that sits down and talks with you." Because the homeless begin to see the genuine effort counselors take in hearing and understanding their troubles, some are inclined to let their guard down and form a relationship with advisers. "To let someone in that much really makes a difference in the way they live."

The stories and backgrounds of homeless people who visit the center vary across the board, as do the needs and concerns they bring to volunteers.

The center's hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., located in the Newark United Methodist Church at 69 East Main Street, Newark (rear parking lot entrance).

For more information, please contact Bill Perkins, Friendship House