St. Francis House turns people away
The City Plan Board voted to renew permits for St. Francis House to keep feeding the homeless, but with less restriction.
The board is asking St. Francis House reports, twice a year, demonstrating compliance with city regulations. But the rule is causing a feeding frenzy.
The St. Francis House is permitted to serve 130 meals a day and to house 35 destitute people. But this 130 cap is putting a lot of stress on the organization and the community. Volunteers and staff must adhere to the city's guidelines. But this is easier said than done.
Velinda Pitman is trying to eat for two. "I'm nauseated, I'm depressed, and I'm really hungry," says Pitman.
But when the mother-to-be came for a meal at St. Francis House, she was told that she would not be served. "I went and asked her can I get something to eat. She said they couldn't do it they don't want to loose their job." Velinda like so many others, doesn't know what to do. The St. Francis house must cap meal servings at 130.
The Executive Director of St. Francis House says that for right now there is nothing else that he can do. "In order to protect the organization and keep it going then we're going to take a stance and follow the guidelines," he says.
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