ST. JOHNSBURY — Roots of the recently expanded United Community Church warming center - also called a day shelter for much of its planning - go back to shortly after the New Year, when members of local nonprofits, a state official and clergy began looking for a way to offer morning respite from the cold for homeless people.

An overnight warming shelter has operated for the past four cold seasons from a small building where Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) runs another program,, next to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center on Hospital Drive, operated in a partnership with the Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) agency. Guests must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. each day.

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