Limen House: How it all Began

Original Men’s Limen House
at 903 N. Madison St.
in Wilmington

The idea for Limen House, a halfway house for alcoholics and addicts recovering from their disease, came about in the Fall of 1968. The idea grew out of the experiences of people from St. Andrews Church in Wilmington, who had been working directly with alcoholics through AA and the St. Andrews social service program. The word li'-men is a scientific term of Latin origin which means threshold; the place or point of entering or beginning; the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced.

Aegis House on Washington Street
click here for pictures of the dedication

To get the endeavor off the ground took great effort. Collaborations took place with officials from the Alcoholic Commission, the Department of Mental Health, the Mental Health Association, Alcoholics Anonymous, and other community agencies that existed to facilitate rehabilitation of alcoholics.

At that time, there were no halfway houses in the state where the homeless could live while continuing their fight to retain sobriety and look for employment. Limen House was incorporated as a non-profit organization in March 1969.

The current Men’s Limen House
in Wilmington.

Limen House has been supported by contributions from private funds: from individuals, industry, foundations, service clubs and churches. A continual source of funding was deemed necessary, since a halfway house cannot be self-supporting.

Community acceptance of the halfway house concept led to the opening of a Limen House for Women in August 1973. Presently, Limen House operates four separate recovery houses. These Houses serve as models for other halfway houses in Delaware and other states.

Women's Limen House

In 2000, Limen House moved its primary care Men’s House from its original location to 600 W. 10th Street. This Men’s House provides space for up to sixteen (16) men engaged in early recovery. The Limen House also operates a transitional care Men’s House at 624 Broom Street—former location of the primary care Women’s House. This supportive housing for men began providing services in October, 2015 and offers lodging for up to nine (9) men.

Recently, Limen House has been able to expand the services it provides to women in recovery. In September, 2015, Limen House moved it primary care Women’s House from Broom Street to a newly renovated house at 1909 Baynard Boulevard. Due to this move, Limen House is now able to provide primary care services for eleven (11) women. In addition, Limen House opened a transitional care Woman’s House in January, 2017. This House, donated with love by Dr. Edward & Debi Hertzfeld, offers supporting housing for up to nine (9) woman in recovery.

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