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Alee Shelter seeks a bigger place for clients

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THE Alee Shelter is in the process of looking for a bigger home to accommodate more clients, according to Sr. Brigid Perez, Alee Shelter program director.

Perez was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Northern Guam’s meeting yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Tumon.

There are two shelters under the purview of Catholic Social Services that Perez oversees. Alee 1 provides assistance and a home for victims of domestic violence and their children. Alee 2 services abused or neglected children. The shelters’ locations are not disclosed to protect the clients.

Perez said there are currently two adults and a child at Alee 1, while Alee 2 is home to 10 children. Between 2008 and 2009, Perez pointed out they have had about 59 women and 81 children at Alee 1 and at Alee 2, they helped 28 children.

“Both shelters are [open] 24/7. That means we are open to midnight working. We make sure our clients are safe and our children are safe,” she said.  

Perez said they are currently working with the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority on a grant that would build a new shelter on a compound to service both the adults and the children, but noted it’s still in the planning process.

The new compound is needed she said because of the possible increase of clients, especially with the impending military buildup.

“Right now they’re building the homeless shelter. So the next one would be Alee,” she said.  “Instead of renting a home, we’ll have our own home.”

For now she has to deal with running the two shelters, in addition to five units including the main office in Perezville, Tamuning.

The shelters are operated by funds from grants through the Department of Public Health and Social Services and donations from the community.

The shelter recently accepted an infant.  “I stayed up waiting for that baby that evening. Cute little boy. That child is not responsible for what is happening so we as shelter givers, we want to make sure that child is taken care of,” Perez said.