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GUEST night shelter opens for 7th winter

GUEST has opened its night shelter for its seventh consecutive winter.

The Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team, or GUEST, opened its night shelter on Monday at Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, and the shelter will move on a weekly basis to other county churches until March 30.

Last year, GUEST was able to impact 136 clients—families, single individuals, veterans and those with disabilities. The hope is that those who were helped last year, won’t have to return this year, unless they’ll be volunteering.

GUEST executive director Kristie Askew gave an example of one person who will not be returning to the shelter this year. A case of domestic violence left one parent and their child in a place of need. They came into the shelter without a car or job.

The child had to stay in school, and transportation became an issue. GUEST was able to work with the school to provide transportation for the child. According to Askew, the parent and child are doi...

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