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Gloucester’s program for the homeless gears up for the winter

With the colder weather on its way, Gloucester’s United Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST) program is getting itself in gear to provide a warm and comfortable place for the county’s homeless residents who seek shelter.

This year’s program is set to begin providing shelter for residents in need Dec. 7 at First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester. It is expected to continue each night through April 4. The night shelter will rotate each week being housed at five local churches: First Presbyterian, Newington Baptist, Gloucester Point Baptist, Bethany United Methodist and Abingdon Episcopal.

Meanwhile, the day shelter, which was established last year, will allow guests an opportunity to utilize a facility adjacent to the Gloucester Moose Lodge, to help them find employment, wash laundry and other activities.

Training opportunities are scheduled to take place the next two Sundays for volunteers who wish to give some of their time helping the disadvantaged residents of the county...

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