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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Controversial shelter to host AA meetings


The South Middlesex Opportunity Council plans to continue using the former site of the Common Ground shelter for daily Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, said Jim Cuddy, the group's executive director.

The "wet shelter," a controversial downtown fixture that allowed homeless people to stay the night even if they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, announced plans last month to shut down after a protracted battle with the town.

Its last day of operation was Monday. But Cuddy said hour-long AA meetings, beginning at noon, would continue there. He said 15 to 40 people typically attend the meetings. The agency may use the site for other activities as well for the duration of its lease, which expires in a year and a half, Cuddy said.

-- John C. Drake

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