Georgetown police meet with religious leaders on homelessness in community

GEORGETOWN – Georgetown police on Nov. 29 met with the town’s faith-based organization leaders to discuss the topic of homelessness within Georgetown.

The meeting was organized by Georgetown Police Chief R.L. Hughes in attempts to identify and compile available resources to assist with this important issue. The issue of homelessness becomes consistently more evident as the winter months and colder weather arrive.

Georgetown Police Chief R.L. Hughes on Nov. 29 met with leaders of faith-based organizations to address the homelessness issue in the community.

Present at the meeting were Pastor John Betts from Abundant Life Church, Pastor Steve Uhthoff and Associate Pastor Michelle Smith from Georgetown Wesleyan Church, Reverend Tony Neal with The Way Home Program, Ms. Jane Hovington from the Shechinah Empowerment Center, Learning Specialist Linda Williams representing the A.C.E. Peer Center and Georgetown Presbyterian Church and Jim Martin, formerly with the A.C.E. Peer Center.

Discussion proved very productive in the identification of current resources as well as potential future endeavors to engage those in need, according to Georgetown Police Department spokesman Det. Joey Melvin.

One initiative discussed was joining peer counselors with Georgetown officers while on foot patrols to leverage immediate assistance to those identified in need, Det. Melvin said.

The Georgetown Police Department looks forward to continuing its collaboration with our faith-based leaders to address issues within our community.

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