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Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing (DIMH)

The mission is an interfaith community organization addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of homeless men in the Greater Dover area by providing them with shelter and sustenance, fostering self-reliance, and offering encouragement and a vision of hope for their lives.


This is a nonprofit organization of local faith communities concerned with the needs of homeless men in the Greater Dover area. It was formed by a group of faith community representatives who sought to provide cold-weather shelter in early 2008 following the inability of past shelters to meet the needs of men. Other local shelters focus on women and families, leaving men-literally-out in the cold. On December 1, 2008 DIMH opened on a permanent basis. Limited financial resources provided for an office/intake center with a shower for guests to use prior to using the shelter of church halls, and for part-time staffing. Board members organized local faith communities to provide dinner and breakfast to shelter guests daily, and church halls were used on a rotating basis through early September of 2010. On September 9, 2010 the newly renovation facility at 684 Forest Street in Dover opened, capable of housing and feeding 36 homeless men at a time. 


Since then two residential facilities have been opened in homes leased from the City of Dover and remodeled by the aspiring residents.  These meet the desperate need for affordable housing for men getting back on their feet.


The Shepherd Place

The Shepherd Place is a family shelter in Dover, Delaware, 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.


The Shelter provided housing, case management, food, clothing, household supplies, and other basic needs at no cost to those who need them.


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 is available for those clients who qualify. There is a waiting list for this limited space. 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.