During this national crisis, the GUEST shelter has been working with multiple state and local organizations to provide the homeless in our community with much needed resources to stay healthy and safe. GUEST is happy to be able to help beyond the winter season.
The Day Shelter & Resource Center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm for grab-n-go lunches and hygiene items. Showers are also offered limiting one person in the building at a time.
Individuals experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis should call Bay Aging’s Coordinated Entry telephone line (804-758-2386). Bay Aging will screen the shelter/housing need and make a referral to the appropriate local organization for further assistance.
The Governor of Virginia has released special funding to assist sheltering the homeless during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, GUEST is able to assist in providing a limited number of motel vouchers to some of the most vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community.
As many of you know, the Stay at Home Order is in effect until June 10, 2020. GUEST is trying to provide motel vouchers and food supplies through this date to ensure the safety of the homeless. In order to do this, GUEST needs YOUR SUPPORT!
Here is why GUEST needs your help:
– GUEST is currently housing 19 unsheltered homeless persons through the motel voucher program. Calls come in every day for additional assistance. GUEST is having to turn people away because they don’t have enough funding.
– GUEST wants to house the homeless through June 10, 2020 or when the Stay at Home Order is lifted.
– The cost for motel voucher assistance for 10 motel rooms through June 10, 2020 will be nearly $49,500.
– The cost for food and hygiene supplies will be approximately $4,000.
– GUEST needs an additional $20,820 from the community to ensure assistance through June 10, 2020. Any additional donations above this amount will allow us to serve more people experiencing a housing crisis during this national health crisis.
GUEST is thankful for the generous support from local foundations that have provided emergency grants to serve the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula residents.
Gloucester Community Foundation, Mathews Community Foundation, River Counties Community Foundation and the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund have provided a total of $9,500 to support the GUEST COVID-19 response efforts.
You can go to GUEST’s website to donate toward this cause today. You can also mail a donation to GUEST, PO Box 1544, Gloucester, VA 23061.
Another way you can help is to order food from GUEST’s Amazon Wishlist
You can mail non-perishable food donations to GUEST Day Shelter, 6536 Moose Drive, Gloucester, VA 23061. You are also welcome to drop off non-perishable food items at the Day Shelter any time. There is a drop off bin under the carport. (Please, do not drop off any other type of donations at this time.)
If you are ordering items for your own home through Amazon, be sure to order through Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile donates to GUEST when you shop online. You can designate Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team as your selected non-profit to receive a percentage of the cost of your order. Every penny adds up to help the homeless!
GUEST and the homeless they serve are extremely grateful for your support during this national health crisis.
Rev. Kristie Askew