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VA: Sex Offender Fears Force Church to Close Homeless Shelter

A Virginia church will close its homeless shelter this fall due to fears that the site was housing sex offenders.

“This was a rough decision for us because we looked at the overflow shelters as an extension of our ministry,” Reverend Tyrone Nelson, who pastors Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, told WTVR News.

Nelson added that it appeared that sex offenders were not only spending the night at the church but that they were “actually using our address. They were using the shelter and probably had been using the shelter on and off for a few years.” Full Article

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  1. omowale

    It is bad when you are poor and a sex offender that has to stay in a homeless shelter and the church does not even want you around. What ever happen to mercy and forgiveness! I guess public image is more important, not to mention that any person who is left outside with no place to go and sleep or just get of the street will most likely come in contact with more children than they would at a small church. Oh and did they say they were sleeping there at night. Am lost,are the kids there at night too?

  2. td777

    I’m conflicted on this, but not in the way most might think. As a Christian, we are expected to show mercy and forgiveness. If they are aware of the truth about sex offenders, such as low recidivism rates, they are blatantly in the wrong for not showing love to the sex offenders using the shelter. On the other hand, they may simply not know that sex offenders are actually not much a danger. What I would want to see happen is the church officials take the time to educate themselves and continue serving those in need.

    • MM

      My goodness (my God) …. If “they” (everyone) would just take the time to educate themselves it would make a world of difference (in many things … Such as breeding when there are so many homeless shelter dogs available to love you … But, if you don’t educate yourself on what breeding really does … You don’t know!) In our “circle”, one person at a time, we know we have …. when sharing “they” look at us as though …. WTF? Really? That’s what you guys are going through for ….. . something that happened 25+ years ago when he was 19 ???

      One person at a time and HOPEFULLY it will spread … Like Janice has said many times before …. The pendulum just needs to start swinging the other way … and she has most certainly stopped it from FLYING!! … I think certain cities passed ordinances in the past two, three years and didn’t SEE Janice Bellucci coming their way! I know this first hand … As we are in a stand still ….

      I’ve educated the new neighbor, who heard from another neighbor, about “us” … The new neighbor is a police officer and what I shared … Made him surprised! He had no idea about the vigilante killings … The depths of despair we go through …. May not have changed his mind right then … But, it’s info in his mind.

      We need to talk … No matter how painful. Like the recidivism rate everyone talks about being soooo high! Does anyone really know its NOT because of another sexual offense but merely an administrative violation, NO! People need to be educated …. I know, easier said (written than done) …. It just pisses me off so!!

      I WANT TO SHARE, TEACH, EDUCATE the closed minded people …. And there are many! Thanks for reading my rant!! 🙂

  3. Tim

    Yes, like realizing that the threat of a stranger molesting a child is very low indeed. I would hope being homeless and/or hungry is a more immediate concern for those children. Take that money that goes to enforcing the registry, creating more homelessness, and use it to provide food, shelter and education to the millions who need it.

  4. Brubaker

    Wow…God’s hands are that of outreach …to extend his hand
    to pull you back on your feet……the extension to include you ….NOT exclude you…….c’mon man…….the good people
    there tried to get that help…tried to grab His hand.

  5. KathieG.

    If this shelter was providing a place for homeless Registrants and didn’t know it, I would say there were no problems. Why isn’t this fact a reason to keep helping these folks? The new testament is clear on our duty to do so… It is interesting to me that so many churches, including mine, are making clear their love and acceptance of the LBGT community, is it only because this is now politically correct (and they might lose their tax-free status)???

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