Guyon Saunders Resource Center needs volunteers to open doors back up on the weekend

Guyon Saunders Resource Center
Late last month, the Guyon Saunders Resource Center started closing its doors on the weekend due to staffing issues.

"After serious consideration and prayer from our Board of Directors, we have made the decision to change our hours at the Guyon Saunders Resource Center.

"Starting Monday, October 22nd and until further notice our doors will only be open from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. This decision has been made because of insufficient staffing.

"Though our hours of operation have changed, we aim to be able to open our doors 7 days a week again before the brutal winter we are expected to have here in the Texas Panhandle. But, we can't do it without the support of our community! We need help to be able to staff the facility! We also need volunteers," the organization posted on Facebook.

The organization is now asking for the public's help to fill shifts for Saturdays and Sunday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Up to five volunteers are needed for each shift.

To volunteer your time, please call (806) 373-0704.

The Guyon Saunders Resource Center (GSRC) Community Day Room is a safe daytime refuge offering basic services in a respectful environment that fosters dignity, trust, and hope for those experiencing homelessness and poverty.

In 1993, an old, abandoned warehouse located in downtown Amarillo was purchased, renovated, and became what was then called the Tyler Street Resource Center.  In 2009, the facility was renamed the Guyon Saunders Resource Center, in honor of Guyon Saunders, longtime friend and benefactor to the Center.

The GSRC Community Day Room offers a safe place for Amarillo’s homeless to spend time during the day as an alternative to other public places.

“The Guyon Saunders Resource Center meets vital needs not only for our downtown area, but also for our entire community. The Day Center gives homeless people a safe place to be warm in the winter and cool during the hot summer days. The center provides things so many of us take for granted – a place to make a phone call or do laundry.

"Without the GSRC, our growing homeless population would have no options except to roam the streets all day seeking shelter. The GSRC is a blessing to our community and worthy of our support," Beth Duke, Executive Director, Center City of Amarillo, said.

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