Sussex Crisis House Reopens After Renovations
GEORGETOWN, Del.- The Sussex Crisis House closed temporarily early in November to make renovations.This impacted the help it gives to locals in Sussex County who need help getting back on their feet because of issues related to homelessness, addiction and much more.
The Crisis house which the Executive Director, Marie Morole says is just about 100 years old, had a lot of maintenance issues.She wanted to get those addressed to better suit the living situation inside.
"I think it means, it kind of gives it a face lift. I think for the residents, the people coming in you know it's not a drab old building," she said.
The house now has new flooring, new counter tops, a new fridge, an updated common area, and a much needed paint job, but the process wasn't easy. Marie says they had been trying to get funding for five years and it finally came through this year.
"We were able to secure funding for that and then we were able to get money through the bond bill, also through the state so we kind of piggy backed that onto it," Marie said.
Even with all the repairs and renovations already made to the crisis house, there's still more they want to accomplish. In the near future they hope to get more funding to make additional repairs on areas throughout the rest of the house.
"Hopefully we're going to be able to continue the updates maybe next year get some more additional funding to do upstairs the bedrooms and the flooring, we want to be able to do that," Marie said
During the day, many of the residents are not home, so we couldn't get a comment from them. But with the winter months approaching, and code purples going into effect already in Sussex County the members of the house are looking for donations, especially with giving Tuesday coming up.
Marie said, "we still need operating funds. we always need operating funds, so any little bit helps."
Marie says the new updates changed the attitude of some of the residents, and it shows a new level of character.
The Crisis House gives temporary housing for up to 15 residents at a time, and allows them to stay for 30-60 days before they can get back on their feet. But they also allow outside people to sign in to grab food and get warm.