Shepherd Place

1362 South Governors Avenue
Dover, DE 19904

302 678-1909 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Emerency Shelter For Women

General Information:
The Shepherd Place is a family shelter in Dover Delaware that was founded some twenty five years ago by Father Lawrence Hunt and others who felt an acute desire to work to meet the needs of those in the Dover area who were homeless. he Mission The Shelter continues to provide housing, case management, food and other basic needs at no cost to those who need them. Those needs include clothing and other items as well as a limited amount of household supplies to help those that move from the shelter into their own home or apartment. The vast majority of these items are provided to the clients during their state law mandated ninety day maximum stay, as well as former clients in need, and are donated by the community. Donations of cash and goods are very important as the Shelter itself receives no direct Federal aid. The Shepherd Place is an affiliated United Way agency. Transitional Housing Transitional Housing is available for those clients who qualify. There is a waiting list for this limited space. Those clients who can work are encouraged and assisted with finding employment; those who cannot work receive assistance with getting the ongoing support they need. They also receive help finding permanent housing, or if needed, space in another shelter when their thirty day stay at the Shepherd Place is over. It is a step between being in a shelter and being in a more permanent leased space that will be "theirs". As with the shelter itself, it is provided at no charge. The money the client earns is saved for things like future down payments and deposits on utility service. The list of restrictions for who is eligible for the homes is long. They must be employed in a stable long-term job, they cannot have outstanding legal trouble, they cannot have a history of substance abuse unless they have successfully completed treatment and remain clean, the family must be stable and school age children must be enrolled in school, and so on. The restrictions are tight, but the need is great, and the houses have waiting lists. The shelter averages nearly 500 clients a year, about half of which are children. The reasons they come through are as varied as the people themselves and include: domestic violence, substance abuse, and personal tragedy such as a fire. There are also those who have been caught up in somebody else's problems or situations and are now on the street. The case management services offered are client specific. The shelter is always looking for other options as well as donations to expand their efforts to help those in need.


Helpful Definitions For Shepherd Place:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

How To Volunteer at Shepherd Place:
Be a volunteer. Call Shepherd Place at 302 678-1909 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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