Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington will dedicate the new home of its shelter services program in Milton, Casa San Francisco, on Nov. 5.
Bishop Malooly will bless the facility on 127 Broad Street, at 1 p.m. The dedication will be followed with an open house for community members and facility tours.
“We are excited to greet the Town of Milton and our neighbors at our beautiful new building,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities’ executive director. “Not only does our new facility enable us to provide services to our residents in a manner that respects their dignity and does not compromise their privacy, but it also allows for Catholic Charities to provide a greater number of services to the community as a whole. We welcome the opportunity to make available our Basic Needs, Behavioral Health Services, and Immigration programs to this area of Sussex County, joining our established Shelter Services and Food Assistance programs.”
The new construction has made the facility accessible for clients with physical handicaps who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices. The building houses three handicap accessible bedrooms, a handicap accessible bathroom, a laundry facility, kitchen, workspace, five private staff offices, and a multiuse room on the first floor, and two additional bedrooms with bath, office, food storage space and a client resource room are located upstairs.
The large multiuse room will accommodate group classes and educational workshops for both shelter residents and food distribution participants, and is available to the community for use.
The project was designed by architect Bill Byler. EDiS Company, a three-generation family construction business, provided construction and project management. Warfel Construction of Milford was the primary subcontractor.
Catholic Charities, the charitable arm of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, celebrates its 185th anniversary of serving those in need during 2015. The agency offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.