Del’s House has an emergency fund program. This fund helps with emergency needs such as:
- Shelter: We may provide a night stay in a motel for a youth or young adult in need. Usually, this is under a circumstance of being kicked out of their home or leaving for safety reasons.
- Travel: We may provide assistance with gas cards, bus tickets, plane tickets in situations where there is a safety need or financial strain. We have provided youth and parents with gift cards for fuel when they volunteer regularly to transport youth to meetings, have paid for bus tickets for youth stranded out of town, trying to get home.
- Clothing: We may help with clothing or shoes which are not in the Del’s House inventory, especially for helping someone prepare for job interviews or school.
- Health Care: We may subsidize the cost of counseling or medications.
Our work is based on principles of compassion, respect, and reciprocity. This means that we recognize each person has value and therefore has something worthy to offer themselves and others. Most of the people who receive a scholarship with LRP, make a commitment to reciprocity with us. This takes many forms and is catered to what works for all of us.
What’s in the Name: Del’s House is named in honor of Del Martin. Del and her partner of over 50 years, Phyllis Lyon were incredible feminists and queer activists. They founded Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, the first social and political organization for lesbians in the United States. In June 2008, they were the first couple to be married in California after the state’s supreme court decision to legalize same-gender marriage for the second time. Del died two months later.