NEST is a community organization that provides shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months. Hickory UMC hosts one week during each season traditionally. Volunteers work together to provide dinner, breakfast and bag lunches for approximately 50 overnight guests. Volunteers organize the event form picking the members up in downtown Norfolk, dinner, entertained, and overnight shifts, to the return trip to Norfolk in the morning.
The Chesapeake Area Shelter Team (CAST) is the community of churches partnering together to provide overnight winter shelter for the homeless in Chesapeake, Virginia.