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Editorial: Shelter from the storm

With the onset of cold weather, the great majority of our fortunate residents close the storm windows, get out the blankets, and fill the tank feeding the gas logs.

Then there are the homeless. Where can they shelter from the storm?

The Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team, GUEST, is entering its second season. This cooperative group of churches and civic organizations has asked for very little from the community, so far, instead relying mostly on its partners’ resources to provide a warm place to sleep and a hot meal.

Yes, Gloucester County has a homeless population, and yes, GUEST is there to serve. This season, a day shelter, which will provide a place to shower and do laundry, is being incorporated into GUEST’s services. And next season, perhaps, the organizers will be able to provide more care, and possibly their example will motivate caring people in other counties to organize shelters for their homeless.

Homelessness is not a pretty sight, it is not a happy t...

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