- A few years ago, there was an acrimonious parting of the ways with the Epworth Church in Andersonville, with allegations of non-payment to the church for providing shelter. Cornerstone ended up taking over REST's provider status there.
- A couple years ago, we heard rumblings that some governmental funding to REST was cut, and that emergency private funding was needed to keep the shelter open.
- This past summer, REST closed its daytime drop-in shelter and ran a notice on its website: "REST Needs Donations Now or May Close Doors by mid-September." $200,000 was the amount needed to stay open.
A few days ago, volunteers at the REST homeless shelter in Uptown received an email, letting them know that the shelter would be closing this week.We wish the new shelter providers much success. We look forward to hearing from the neighbors at Sheridan and Lawrence to see if there's any improvement in the loitering with new shelter providers.
"It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that after 3 decades of service, REST will be closing our doors for the final time on November 30," wrote volunteer coordinator Kari Aosved. "Due to budget cuts on the state level, and several other funding sources reducing their funds as well, we are no longer able to afford to keep our doors open."
The shelter closes the day after lawmakers voted to restore funding to homeless shelters that had been cut 52 percent in the state budget. Unfortunately, the funding didn't come soon enough to save REST.
Other organizations are taking over REST's programs, with the women's shelter program taken over by Sarah's Circle and the men's shelter by North Side Housing and Supportive Services, and the permanent housing services by Housing Opportunities for Women.
Update: Here is North Side Housing And Supportive Services announcement about the change. And here is the announcement from Sarah's Circle, which apparently began providing services to REST's women on November 1st.