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GUEST program ready to start fourth season

Homeless residents on the Middle Peninsula will soon have a roof over their heads, access to food and warmth, and other resources, as Gloucester’s United Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST) program will open its doors beginning next Monday, Dec. 5.

More than 500 volunteers are prepared to cover the shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week through April 3.

This is the fourth season for GUEST, according to program chair Kristie Askew. The night shelter program rotates on a weekly basis among about a dozen different host sites, mostly at local churches.

The day shelter will also be open once again this year, and will be located adjacent to the Gloucester Moose Lodge. Its mission is to provide clients with laundry and shower facilities; give them access to the internet to apply for jobs, and provide other resources.

Hosts for the night shelter include BridgePoint, Newington Baptist, First Presbyterian, Bethany United Methodist, Gloucester Point Baptist, Abingdon Episcopal, Olive Br...

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