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Net of Compassion

Net of Compassion was founded by Pastor Richie Gonzalez, his wife Elizabeth and a dedicated group of volunteers in 2010. Pastor Richie started by handing out sandwiches in brown paper bags to people in need following his own journey with substance use disorder and homelessness. Since then, every Saturday since 2010, Net of Compassion has served over 300 hot meals on the sidewalks of Main South in Worcester. Over time this weekly ritual evolved into disseminating clothing, food pantry items, toiletries, encouragement and referrals to other services. We serve men and women struggling with poverty, substance use disorder, prostitution, homelessness and those living with mental illness. In 2016 Hotel Grace was established as an emergency shelter when the temperatures dip below 32 degrees. However, November 1, 2020–May 15, 2021, the shelter will be open 24-hours/day, 7 days each week. The new location is at Ascension Church, 44 Vernon Street, Worcester, MA 01610. We are able to provide shelter to 40 men and 10 women on a first come first served basis. We provide dinner and offer compassion in a safe place where sobriety is not a requirement but is an encouragement. ​The volunteers of Net of Compassion help form a safety net of support for those in need, providing peer support, referrals to treatment and many other services. Together we are pulling many threads together to create this Net of Compassion!

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