To the editor and the good folks at St. Luke's Episcopal Church:
I just received today's paper, where it says you are looking for a new use for Baldwin House. I was not at your meeting where 35 local leaders brainstormed uses for this building, so I don't know if this was suggested. Anyway, I would like to suggest a shelter for the homeless.
For those of you who might say we don't have any homeless here, I beg to differ. It is my understanding that if you drive or walk through the business district late at night, you can see these people sleeping in the doorways of many stores. I personally have seen some walking our downtown streets during the day. It is obvious by their appearance that they have no place to stay.
The only shelter for the homeless, as far as I know, is in Malone. It only has about eight beds, so it fills up quickly. Isn't it about time we had a shelter here as well?
It is my understanding that the Ecumenical Council is aware of our need for a homeless shelter.
Unfortunately, they just don't have the needed building or the funds to proceed. If Baldwin House was turned over to this very use, doesn't that solve part of their problem?
And by the way, having lots of conversation, thinking very hard and not rushing into it is fine. But whatever happened to prayer? Yes, this is a big project, but big is no problem for the Lord. Why don't you try asking Him and see what He says?