ProJo: Westerly homeless shelter provides for residents, keeps them safe during pandemic

WESTERLY - Russ Partridge, executive director of social-services organization WARM, which runs a homeless shelter and many other community programs, remembers well the day when he realized the ground had shifted and urgent action was required.

It was March 9, the day Gov. Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency as the coronavirus crisis intensified. The first positive case in the state had been confirmed eight days before, but the first reports of COVID-19 deaths in Rhode Island were still 19 days in the future.

But Partridge intuited disaster ahead.

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