Let me tell you about snow ...its shite .........nothing is good about the snow .....or cold ........nothing grows in it .......... and that is why i live in sunny south florida .......where the sun shines .........even when it is cold ........it is great the sun .........it makes you feel good .......maybe that is why there are so many karens up north........ .......no sun .........they are all wrapped up ........tubby as fuck ....no sex ....... winter bush .....etc ....etc .......we have karen's here in florida but some of them are hot and half naked ........
Whose responsibility is it to protect the unhoused when it’s freezing outside?
The city? The state? Homeless shelters? The church?
Hold that thought for a minute.
The unhoused become more vulnerable when wind chills are in the single digits. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said Jan. 15 it was investigating three possible hypothermia deaths.
I’ve always wondered why more churches don’t open doors to the unhoused to sleep or warm up when the weather gets dangerously cold. It's the God-like thing to do, right?
Maybe more don't because of cases like the Ohio pastor who opened his church doors because the homeless shelters were packed, only to be issued 18 zoning-law violations related to keeping his church open to people who needed a warm place to sleep.
As wind chills fall, his call is to worship God and care for others
Chris Avell, pastor of Dad's Place in Bryan, Ohio, was arraigned in court last week because he kept his church open 24/7 to provide warmth to the unhoused.
Ohio law prohibits residential use in first-floor buildings in a business district. Because the church is zoned as a central business, the building is restricted from allowing people to eat or sleep on the property.
“This is how I worship my God, and I just want to be able to worship my God,” Avell said.
Homeless suicide rate is unacceptable: My mom's suicide wasn't a personal failure. When she needed community, the system let her down.
According to the city, Avell was sent a letter in November informing him the homeless were prohibited from sleeping at the church overnight. He ignored the letter, and during a New Year’s Eve service, police arrived and issued violations.
“Many of these people they've been rejected by their families, they've been cast aside by their communities. So if the church isn’t willing to lay down her life for them, who will? This is what we’re called to do,” Avell told Fox News.
Jeremy Dys, Avell’s attorney, called the city’s actions “unconscionable.”
“They would rather kick these folks to the curb in the cold outdoors of December and early January than allow the church ... to remain open 24/7 to those who need it the most,” Dys said.
In some ways, Avell was trying to prevent what happened in Milwaukee – people dying on the street in the cold.
Homeless shelters fill up this time of the year as people seek refuge from the bitter cold. While shelters do their best to ensure no one ends up in the cold, people often get frustrated and tough it out on the street.
Avell saw a problem. He said he addressed the issue by helping 100 people and is now facing criminal charges.
Does this sound right to anyone?
Nearly half the country under advisories for dangerous cold
According to the National Weather Service, an estimated 45% of the country’s population was under a wind chill warning or advisory for dangerous cold on Jan. 15.
USA TODAY reported in December that the nation’s unhoused population grew by 12% in 2023, reaching more than 653,000 people. The numbers represent the sharpest increase and largest unhoused population since the federal government began keeping totals in 2007.
A combination of the cold, the growing unhoused population and the lack of housing shelters is the reason why charges against Avell must be dropped.
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Instead of spending court costs and time on a pastor helping to address a problem, the city should devise plans for housing the homeless.
Maybe they can open a school auditorium when temps plunge or build a city-run homeless shelter. I guess the city sees doing God’s work as going after a pastor who is helping those in need.
If we were all taught to live by the golden rule, to do to others as we want them to do to us, I would hope helping people in their time of need would quali