“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 (NIV)
The Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, or NEST, is a wonderful program that helps provide wintertime shelter for homeless men and women in the Hampton Roads area. From October to April, various churches take turns serving as shelters for the week. The churches provide the guests with a safe, warm place to sleep, as well as a hearty dinner and breakfast each day. We need volunteers for registration, night monitoring, breakfast preparation, serving and clean-up; and dinner preparation, serving and clean-up. First Baptist Church, Berkley provides shelter nightly to approximately 50 homeless guests for seven days somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd week of December.