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GUEST program sees increase in use during storm

Gloucester’s United Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST) program saw an increase in users during the recent cold snap and the winter storm over the weekend. Despite the increase in those using the shelter, things have been going smoothly so far this season, according to Kevin Sweeney, chair of the GUEST Executive Committee.

“We’ve got 16 people there now,” Sweeney said Tuesday afternoon. He said those 16 have continued to use the program since the height of the storm. He added that the night shelter was moved to the Gloucester Moose Lodge during the storm so that guests would be close to the program’s day shelter, which is located adjacent to that facility.

However, he said the program has now resumed its normal schedule of the night shelter moving weekly from site to site. This year, five Gloucester churches are housing the program: First Presbyterian, Newington Baptist, Gloucester Point Baptist, Bethany United Methodist and Abingdon Episcopal. Other churches...

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