When did it become a crime to help people?
City officials in the city of Rockford, Illinois have put a stop to a local church sheltering the homeless on those winter nights when it’s just too cold to sleep outside.
Apostolic Pentecostal Church knows that a warm shelter could make the difference between life and death for those who are homeless, which is why they opened their doors on winter nights as refuge from the cold.
But the city was having none of it.
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Citing zoning violations and fire safety hazards, city officials shut down the operation to keep people warm, warning that continuing to act as a shelter is ‘illegal.’
Even with a number of other shelter options such as the Rockford Rescue Mission and the Shelter Care Ministry, there would be people sleeping on and around the pews during the winter to escape the cold.
“To me, people are first,” Theresa Frederick of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church told WIFR News.Read More »from Illinois city shuts down crowded homeless shelter, deems it 'illegal'