Immanuel Shelter, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports those experiencing homelessness in the Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey Beach communities, announced its second annual Bubbles and Bites fundraiser raised more than $25,000

The event was held Oct. 28, as the charity ramps up its Code Purple shelter activities for the upcoming winter season.

“Due to the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in our communities growing every year, we are ramping up our fundraising activities as we move into 2018,” said Cassandra Toroian, the charity’s volunteer director of fundraising and development.“We will be more visible in the community going into 2018, raising awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness as well as kicking off our capital campaign beginning this holiday season.”

“Our goal is to raise $1.2 million with our capital campaign. The use of proceeds will allow us to renovate real estate we purchase as a permanent shelter site, as well as add more programs for those who come through our doors — such things as self-help groups, spiritual support, job training and other services striving to stabilize and create self-sufficiency,” said Immanuel Shelter President Janet Idema.

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