Founded in 2016 in memory of a long-time advocate of women’s causes in southern Delaware, this structured sober home helps women renew their lives.

The Barbara K. Brooks Transition House is a charitable 501(c)3 organization created in loving memory of Barbara K. Brooks, who died on June 28, 2015.

A loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Barbara K. Brooks dedicated her life to the health and health care education of others. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Barbara graduated from Memorial Hospital Nursing School in Wilmington, Delaware in 1965. She also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Delaware State University.

To her two brothers and four sisters, Barbara was always the “go to” for all health-related circumstances. She often provided loving guidance, and always advised others to “seek medical assistance” when necessary. Barbara was also a devoted, loving wife, and she and her husband, Leonard J. Brooks, Sr. celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2014. The mother of one son and one daughter, Barbara instilled the qualities of honesty, integrity and education in her children. As the ultimate grandmother, she also lavished love on her two grandsons and two granddaughters. She never missed an opportunity to spend time with them, and share her vast experiences with them.

A faithful friend friend known to all as “BJ,” Barbara cared not only for the physical health of her friends, but also for their entire being. She often joined friends in hospital waiting rooms while their loved ones were in the hospital, offering solace and comfort.

In addition to caring for others, Barbara strongly believed in education, and taught nursing education at St. Francis Hospital, Hodson Vocational School and the Howard Career Center prior to becoming a Howard Career Center nurse. As a school nurse, she had a great rapport with her students, and was respected by administration, faculty and students alike.

Focusing on women’s health concerns, Barbara volunteered at the Henrietta Johnson Health Center and the Ministry of Caring, Emmanuel Dining Room, both in Wilmington. A lifelong Christian, Barbara was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wilmington. She served as an usher, worked in the office, and was on the Visitation and Communion Committee, serving Communion to homebound church members.

The Barbara K. Brooks Transition House serves to honor her memory by providing support, education and health care for the women of Delaware. Empowering women to live sober, productive lives is the home’s main focus.

To learn more about the Barbara K. Brooks Transition House, or to volunteer your time, please contact


Board Members

Deborah Short

President And Founder

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Pamela Deeds Holloway


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Staci Donovan Marvel


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