ATLANTIC CITY — The homeless, who wander alone in the resort with no place to call their own, can now visit the Turning Point Day Center.

The center is located at the Allen AME Church on Bishop Allen Drive.

The homeless can stay at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission at night, eat at Sister Jean's Kitchen and receive help from Jewish Family Services and various churches, but the center's purpose is to give them a constructive place to visit between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, which will include Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and two Atlantic County freeholders, Frank D. Formica and Ernest D. Coursey, said Rev. Collins A. Days Sr., who spearheaded the effort to create the center.

"All the work was done by volunteers," said Days, who is the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Atlantic City.

It took the work of about 100 volunteers to have the center open, and it will take at least 10 volunteers a day to keep the doors open, Days said.

"We need more volunteers," Days said.

Developer Joseph Jingoli and his company, Joseph Jingoli & Sons, of Lawrenceville, Mercer County, donated furniture as did the Kensington Furniture company, Days said.

Rita Mack, co-owner of the McDonald's on Arkansas Avenue in Atlantic City, donated money so the building would be equipped with security cameras, Days said.

Days has said previously that he spent three years looking for a place where the homeless could stay during the daytime.

The idea is to have the center be a one-stop shop where as many services for the homeless could be given as possible, including some medical care, veteran and psychiatric services and substance abuse counseling, Days said.

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Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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