Gloucester’s United Emergency Shelter Team program had its busiest season yet, according to John Seltzer, its executive director. Though the program has officially closed for this winter season, it will continue to operate in some capacity through the summer months.
“This year, GUEST operated in a capacity that seemed to surpass what we have done in years past and is also evolving much faster than we had anticipated,” Seltzer said. Throughout this past winter’s season, the program served 95 people from Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, Lancaster, Toano, Kilmarnock and surrounding counties. This included 67 households and nine children who stayed in the shelter.
There were also 16 people from Northumberland County housed temporarily with GUEST who were displaced when the roof of their apartment building blew off in the March 1-3 northeast storm. “This was a huge undertaking that we could not have managed alone,” he said.
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