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Friday, July 24, 2009

O Arizona: Church Must Stop Feeding the Homeless?

The city of Phoenix has told a local church they are no longer allowed to hold a Saturday service on their lawn during which they feed the homeless.

Crossroads United Methodist Church began holding the Saturday events in January. The homeless walk, ride their bike or take a bus to the church. The church feeds them breakfast and has a worship service on the lawn outside the church building.

“We have been feeding the homeless since (the church) began. It’s part of the mission of the church. It’s part of who we are,” said Dottie Escobedo-Frank, pastor at the church. “This is our mission. This is who we are. This is what we do.”

But now the city of Phoenix has told them to stop doing it. Some people from a neighborhood across the street have complained about the event, specifically the noise and the trash it carries along with it, the city said.

According to Escobedo-Frank, a neighbor said a homeless person was also hanging out in a nearby alley.

link: City To Church: Stop Feeding Homeless - Community News Story - KPHO Phoenix


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