Gospel Services Shelter has just days to stay open; looks to public for help

A shelter in Irvington that has been helping the homeless for decades may have to close its doors. Operators of the Gospel Services Shelter say

A shelter in Irvington that has been helping the homeless for decades may have to close its doors.

A shelter in Irvington that has been helping the homeless for decades may have to close its doors. (11/20/13)

IRVINGTON - A shelter in Irvington that has been helping the homeless for decades may have to close its doors.

Operators of the Gospel Services Shelter say they are having trouble paying the rent. The landlord has given them an extension, so they have a few more days to find the money they need.

The shelter is a temporary home to 42 men and women while they rebuild their lives.

Laila Lowery-Hargrove's father opened the shelter in 1999. She took over when he passed away a few years ago. "I fought and fought tooth and nail to keep this establishment open," she says. "In the beginning I did it for him because this is his legacy, this is his dream. But it has now become mine."

The shelter takes clients from other agencies in the county. Lowery-Hargrove says there is some grant money, but fees she is supposed to collect from those agencies haven't arrived and the bills are piling up.

Lowery-Hargrove says she's expecting some funding from the county but hopes the other agencies that owe her money will come through. She is also looking to the public for donations. 

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