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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Dozens of caregivers marched through the streets of Providence Tuesday to protest the planned closure of a Providence nursing center.

Charlesgate Nursing Center is slated to close its doors for good on July 31. Davenport Associates, which owns the senior care facility, announced earlier this month that the nursing unit would cease operations due to a severe staffing shortage.

But SEIU 1199 New England, which represents 90 staffers at Charlesgate, argues that Davenport Associates hasn’t been transparent with caregivers and patients.

“Over the last two weeks, management has packed up and moved nearly 40 residents to other facilities,” certified nursing assistant Edwina Gobewole said. “In less than a month, they have cleared out an entire floor of residents and told us to pack up the belongings of all the rest. We expect all the residents to be moved by the end of the month.”

“The residents cry, many don’t know where they are going or who they are going to meet on the other end,” she continued, adding that the facility “…wasted little time relocating residents.”

The caregivers marched from Charlesgate to the Rhode Island State House Tuesday afternoon in hopes of getting Gov. Dan McKee’s attention. The union is urging the state to intervene and place the senior care facility into receivership.

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