There is no doubt that the needs in Sussex County Delaware, as they are around the country and the world, are diverse and increasing in this time of economic struggle.  All of us who live in this great county have been impacted in our own way.  For some, HOPE is hard to find.  Yet for others, hopelessness has turned into dysfunction, substance abuse, or even suicide.  Yes, there is no doubt that there are needs in Sussex County.

There are many civil agencies, non-profit organizations, and churches who are doing their best to assist those in need during these trying times.  Resources, though they are limited, are available.  Many more groups of good hearted people long to do something to make a difference in people’s lives but they are unsure where to begin.  Still, numerous people who could use a helping hand are unaware of resources or ashamed to ask for it.

That is why we began UNITE SUSSEX.  We understand that by ourselves, this economic and social challenge can be overbearing, no one organization or group can do it alone.  To overcome our current crisis, churches of all denominations must come toghether and work with our civic leaders and civil servants and non-profit organizations to present a focused, unified colaboration.

UNITE SUSSEX seeks to foster this collaboration to bring hope to those how are struggling.

After spending almost a year holding town meetings and listening to the community, UNITE SUSSEX began to organize and work toward consensus building and problem solving.  First, we defined the issues and priorities that were of greatest concern—those issues that weakened our neighborhoods and our community.  Our newly committed board of directors decided that our program priorities would be substance abuse, homelessness, mentoring and community transition.  It was an easy choice.

 

  • With the closing of the Ellendale Detoxification Center, those in our community reaching out for help were suddenly forced to travel to Wilmington for assistance.

  • Homelessness is on the rise in Sussex County and the lack of family oriented shelters forced families to separate in order to find shelter and get back on their feet.

  • Mentoring programs are not as affective as they could be because of the lack of volunteers wishing to serve as mentors and a consolidated approach to matching the children/teens to a qualified adult.

  • As our small towns face issues that have plagued large cities for decades, administrators have reached out for help to governments, non-profits, individuals and faith based organizations to work toward maintaining the integrity of our communities.

UNITE SUSSEX has stepped forward to take a leadership role in solving these issues and we pledge to work with existing non-profit organizations, government officials, leaders in the faith based community and individuals to strengthen our neighborhoods and help create a healthy and positive Sussex County.

There is a great need in our communities, isn’t it time that we came together and did something about it…. isn’t it time that we UNITE SUSSEX.

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