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Guyon Resource Center to reopen its doors on weekends

With the help of Jack Mustard with Mustard Street Charities and Amanda Hunter with Christ Church Camp, the doors will remain unlocked during daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday (ABC 7 Amarillo - Morgan Burrell).

With the cold weather right around the corner, it is easy for most of us to turn up the heat and put on a warm winter coat. It is not as simple for the homeless community in Amarillo, especially when a safe haven like the Guyon Saunders Resource center is closed on the weekends.

However, with the help of Jack Mustard with Mustard Street Charities and Amanda Hunter with Christ Church Camp, the doors will remain unlocked during daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday.

"There were a lot of people worried because they didn’t know where they were going to go on days like today, when it's just bitterly cold," said Founder of Christ Church Camp, Amanda Hunter. "It is too cold to stand outside all day to wait for another shelter to open up. They need some place to go during the day."

On the weekends, there aren't a lot of places where the homeless community can seek refuge.

"Guyon Saunders is one of the few resources that is open to the homeless on the weekends where they can congregate. They can go inside where it’s warm," said Hunter. "A lot of the shelters during daytime hours close so the people have to leave and they still need a place to go and they still need a place to keep warm."

With the help of volunteers and organizations like Hunter's, Guyon Saunders will have enough helping hands to keep the doors open for homeless men and women this weekend.

"Mustard Street Charities and Guyon Saunders and I are all working together to keep it open for the homeless," said Hunter.

Edie Parduee, who lives inside a tent at Christ Church Camp, said when the Guyon Saunders Resource Center is closed on the weekends, she had no relief from the cold.

"I’m disabled and homeless. I go up to the resource center where I can sit and stay warm for a few hours a day and then I come home to Tent City, where I go to sleep in a tent," said Parduee.

Even though the resource center is not close to where Parduee lives, she said it is worth the hike on Saturdays and Sundays.

"Over there by the railroad tracks on Tyler? I think I cross about 6 or 7 streets before I get there," said Parduee.

Lance Mirabella said while the Guyon was closed during the weekend, he noticed a struggle within the community.

"People have been going there for so long and it’s all they know how they do. When you take that away, it makes them crowd to places like the bus stations and libraries and things like that and be messy and stuff," said Mirabella

Hunter said even though the resource center will open on the weekends, there is still a need for people to come and volunteer their time.

"We need coffee hot cocoa. We always accept warm weather clothing. We need volunteers," said Hunter. "We would love to have different organizations come out and get to meet our invisible neighbors and see that they all have names. They all have faces and they’re all wonderful people."

If you are able to volunteer your time, contact Amanda Hunter or Christ Church Camp.

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