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The children are safe

Regarding the appeal made last week to forestall the opening of the Hospitality House Welcome Center, I would like to speak about the “guests” as we call them. The group of people that we served last year were orderly, polite, and appreciative. Some of them had children with them. Others have grown children. I find it illogical to say that the children on Church Street aren’t safe because of the location of the Welcome Center, considering the fact that the bus stop where these people often congregate is only a block away from the new Welcome Center site. Homeless people are in the downtown area all the time. At least at the Welcome Center, they are being supervised by adult volunteers.

The Welcome Center will give these people a place to shower, wash clothes, get warm, and get counseled and they won’t be wandering around town. Hospitality House is providing a service for the community that benefits the immediate recipients as well as the entire area.


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