Day shelter in Gloucester offers relief for homeless

A day shelter in Gloucester is now open, helping keep homeless people warm and safe this winter.

GLOUCESTER, Va. (WVEC) – Volunteers in Gloucester are lending a helping hand to those in need.

The GUEST shelter is now open until the end of March, giving homeless people a place to escape the cold during the winter months.

Volunteers say they're turning a house into home for those less fortunate.

GUEST, the Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team, is a group of volunteers and local churches.

“It's about a John 13:35 ministry which is to love others like Christ loved us,” Executive Director John Seltzer says.

The home serves as a day shelter, including laundry, bathrooms, a children's room and internet. For four months, a different church a week opens their doors at night, providing meals and turning their fellowship hall into a bedroom for about 25 people.

GUEST helped 50 homeless people last year, and served more than 600 meals over four months. 

“God called us to be servants so we always want to do more,” Seltzer says.

Seltzer says the goal is to go from a four-month shelter to a year-round shelter.

The GUEST shelter operates on $25,000 a year. The money comes from donations, and to become that year-round shelter for those in need, they're asking the community for support.

For more information on how to donate, click here.

© 2017 WVEC-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment