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GUEST shelter opens for 2018-2019 season

The Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team officially opened its doors Monday to shelter those in need for the 2018-2019 winter season. According to GUEST executive director John Seltzer, 28 people were prepared to check in that first day, including seven children.

Volunteers are being sought to fill open spots in the week leading up to Christmas (Dec. 17-24) when the shelter will be housed at the Gloucester Moose Lodge. “Without volunteers, we cannot operate,” Seltzer said. 

During that week, the GUEST Board of Directors will act as the host site coordinators, and have planned several events for clients that week, including checkups given by doctors and nurses from Riverside Walter Reed Hospital for clients and flu shots. 

In order to volunteer, participants must be trained, Seltzer said. Anyone over 18 can volunteer. The next training is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Providence Baptist Church, Ordinary. Seltzer said he has some other dates ...

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