Connections provides homeless outreach, referrals for shelter and food, and help to obtain Social Security and other benefits to homeless adults in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties. This program, called PATH (short for the national program named Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness), targets homeless people with mental health and substance use conditions. Staff members work with adults with these problems to find the help they need to get treatment and financial benefits, to find housing, and to become a part of the community. The program offers walk-in clinic services to meet the need for primary medical care and mental health and substance abuse treatment. During the winter, the program is able to provide short-term motel vouchers in emergencies, as well as access to other housing options.
Outreach: Our outreach workers meet homeless people on the streets, in shelters, hospitals, detox centers, housing programs, and through community groups. Outreach workers provide people help to get the treatment they need for their mental health or substance use conditions, help to get and keep financial benefits, help to find housing, and help to get other important things like food and clothing.
Free and low cost treatment services: Our walk-in clinics offer mental health and substance use treatment to anyone who comes in, regardless of ability to pay. No appointments are needed.
Financial assistance: Our benefits specialists can help with applications for Social Security, General Assistance, Medicaid, and other benefits. We also provide representative payee services for people who need or want it.
A safe place during the day: Our drop-in centers provide a safe place to spend time with other people, have coffee or something to eat, or seek shelter when the weather is bad. The drop-in centers are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations: Wilmington, 500 West 8th Street; Dover, 621 West Division Street; and Georgetown, 21305 Berlin Avenue, Unit 4. The drop-in center in Wilmington also provides structured groups including 12 Step Recovery, STD Prevention, Grooming & Appearance, Job Club, Entitlements, Literacy, Self-Esteem, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Coping Skills, and Current Events.
Housing: Connections helps homeless people find shelter in the transitional and permanent housing in programs operated by Connections, as well as in housing programs operated by other agencies.
500 West 8th Street
621 W. Division St.
21305 Berlin Ave, Unit 4
Funding sources for the PATH program include the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.