It s believed that church is a refuge to save those who are in need of help. One church wants the homeless to know that they are not welcomed.
According to CBS San Francisco, St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco has been having problems with the homeless sleeping on their steps, so in an effort to keep them off, they have installed a water system that goes off every 30 to 60 minutes from 30 feet to keep the homeless off of their steps.
One homeless man named Robert says he is aware of the no trespassing sign, but explains how this system could actually hurt the homeless,
“We’re going to be wet there all night, so hypothermia, cold, all that other stuff could set in. Keeping the church clean, but it could make people sick,”
Chris Lyford, an archdiocese representative says that he is in shock of the claims, but there is so much the church can do for the homeless.
“We refer them, mostly to Catholic Charities, for example for housing,” Lyford said. “To Saint Anthony’s soup kitchen for food, if they want food on that day. Saint Vincent de Paul if they need clothes. We do the best we can, and supporting the dignity of each person. But there is only so much you can do.”
– Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)
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