Warming Centers Available for Residents

Gloucester, MA – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, with the City’s Health Department, Sawyer Free Library and the Rose Baker Senior Center, in cooperation with community partners Action, Inc., The Open Doorand the Grace Center, are providing warming centers for vulnerable residents during extreme-cold weather events.

After last winter’s February 14th cold-snap, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken formed a taskforce with City department directors and community leaders to establish a comprehensive cold-weather response to help ensure the health and safety of residents without permanent housing. The result is a plan, presented in March, that assures those who need shelter from the extreme cold will have a place in the community where they can stay warm.

“When temperatures drop this low, our city has an obligation to help those in need to stay warm,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “We don’t want anyone out in the cold which is why I’m proud that our community is coming together to provide assistance for anyone in need.”

Karin Carroll, director of the Gloucester Health Department states, “Gloucester is a tremendous community that works together to ensure the safety and well-being of its most vulnerable residents in extreme weather conditions. All residents should limit exposure outdoors during the extreme cold and look out for neighbors, especially the elderly.”

Location and times for extreme cold weather event warming centers include:

The Action Shelter, 370 Main Street
• 5 PM to 8 AM
• Monday through Sunday

The Grace Center
• Gloucester Unitarian/Universalist Church (MON/TUES)
• ST. John Episcopal Church (WED/FRI)
• Trinity Congregational Church (THR)
8:30 AM to 4 PM at each site

The Open Door, 28 Emerson Ave.
• Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
• 4PM to 6 PM
NOTE: Open Door will expand hours in emergencies to include Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM; Sundays, 10:30 AM to 4 PM (In partnership with the Grace Center) and, if needed, on Holidays 8 AM to 4 PM

The Sawyer Free Library and Lyceum, 2 Dale Ave.
• Monday/Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 6 PM
• Tuesday/Thursday: 8:30 AM – 8 PM
• Friday/Saturday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Note: The Library is closed on City recognized holidays

The Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F Lewis Ave.
• Monday through Friday
• 9 AM to 4 PM
Note: The Library is closed on City recognized holidays

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