By Donna Westfall – July 6, 2017 –
With four out of five commissioners present at Wednesday nights Planning meeting, July 5th, agenda item number 4E listed: PUBLIC HEARING – OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES – Use Permit for a Quasi-Public Use (Rescue Mission) – UP1713 – APN 117-101-03 located at 1135 Harrold Street, Crescent City.
In a 3-1 vote, with Ralph Dickey voting NO, the use permit was approved.
The common problem with setting up homeless shelters or in this case a Rescue Mission is that no one wants them in their own backyard commonly referred to a NIMBY = Not in My Back Yard.
It can reduce property values because who wants homeless hanging around their neighborhoods with the corresponding messes left in bushes, theft, shopping carts, urinating and defecating.
Mike Justice, Director of Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODBM) has been open to the homeless for the last 10 years. ” We serve three hot dinners a week and breakfast is served on our other two weekdays. Our building is used for Christian 12 step group; we offer an anger management class and daily morning Bible studies, a free life recovery group that meets three days a week facilitated by a professional counselor, nightly prayer meetings for the community and a successful discipleship program. Our goal is to break the mindset of entitlement and teach empowerment. We have seen many lives transformed!”
They don’t allow anyone to hang around the building after meals. During inclement weather, they have had all night movies playing for those that want to get in out of the rain and cold.
By issuing a conditional use permit, this allows ODBM to legally take in over two dozen people per night. They also provide access to showers, free clothing, shoes, hygenic items as well as tents and sleeping bags if they are available..