Monday, August 26, 2013

Charity forced to stop feeding homeless in city park when permit is demanded, in Raleigh NC

Monday morning, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield reported on the sudden enforcement by police in Raleigh, NC or a city ordinance requiring an $800 a permit for a church to feed the homeless in a city park.
It wasn’t clear whether the church could simply use its own property.  The group was called “Love Wins Ministries” and the events were held at Moore Park.

The church had been doing this for six years, before the city suddenly started enforcing the orinance and threatened not only a fine but to put church volunteers in jail.
It wasn’t clear if the city acted because of a complaint, and whether there are liability concerns, the possibility of spoilage, injuries, or other dangers to minors near the park.
A link to the story from ABC is here.

Sunday night, on my main blog, I had just posted some remarks about the “risks” of volunteering and the care that it can require.

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC used to make sandwiches for the homeless one Sunday a month, but was later pestered about health inspectins. 

Volunteers who went down to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were often not allowed to work in homes because of mold. 
Wikipedia attribution link for downtown Raleigh picture.

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