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Mission on the move

Buys Christ our King

February 21, 2013

WARREN — The Warren Family Mission has found a new home and will spend this year transforming the former Christ Our King Church property into the new and larger mission, which will open in 2014....

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Feb-23-13 4:15 PM

As a taxpayer who lives very close to this new location,I get to see property values go down even more and no doupt see crime go up.Oh boy if it isn,t bad enough I can,t get anywhere very fast at the first of every month becuse eveyone is yapping on their Obama phones not paying attention to anything,because they are not in a hurry to get to any JOB. They just need to get to their the doctor so they can sell their pills. I feel like a fool working 12+ hours a day and getting taxed out the you know what so they can go around with their disability tags and park in front of the store then jump out and beat you in there to use their foodstamp card while the fools who work have to pay cash! What a joke.

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Feb-22-13 4:36 PM

Nativio, maybe I don't understand because I don't have a buisness downtown or anywhere. Obviously what you describe in most cases is mentally ill. But where are they suppose to go? No matter what someone will be upset. Every city I've been in has just what you describe to some degree. Funny how society ranks the status of humans, personally I'm more discusted by the other end of the social scale most of the time. Lying lawyers, scumbag politicians, dirty cops prescription drug dealing physicians. May have been defensive on defending homeless, they definitely can't defend themselves! Hope this new mission solves some problems for you and other buisnesses downtown, really do. Still admire mission for what they do.

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Feb-22-13 12:23 PM

Sorry, feather. You sit down here for a summer and see what lumbers around down here.

You sit here and have these nicotine-stained losers come in your shop, with pennies scrapped together looking to buy a soda.

You sit here and watch them do a residency on a park bench for ten hours on a hot day, making the people who have proper agendas uncomfortable.

You watch them dig through the cigarette butt "can" that the Wean Foundation put out, looking for something able to be smoked, leaving butts all over the sidewalk.

Stand from the doorway of where you make your livelihood and watch one of the really nutty ones pointing at cars and yelling at god.

Yeah, we are all a few bad decisions or just some bad luck from being any of these people. Though some of us would have families and friends and means to make sure we don't end up at the freaking mission.

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Feb-21-13 10:46 PM

The Mayor said the property is properly zoned.Really, the property is zoned Residential-A and does not allow for this type of business to take place in a residential neighborhood.The neighbors will find out soon why a zoning change is needed.

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Feb-21-13 7:57 PM

Nativio, lacking qualities? Kind of a snooty snob response! Many of these "walking blights"as you arrogantly refer to, are humans with problems beyond their own control. I agree, these problemed people do scare and offend most passing by, but don't sit on your high horse and treat the unfortunate like animal pests or garbage. One wrong turn in life or a tiny chemical unbalance and you, I or anybody could be in dame position. Your comments really disappoint, Id expect such insensitive from several on this site but not you. What a prude.

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Feb-21-13 3:06 PM

Nah, 4reading, it is easier for me to be negative about what these good people do if I do not talk to any of them.

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Feb-21-13 2:05 PM

Nativio, If you have a question about where people go that can't stay, talk to the WFM staff or go to the meeting and ask questions. They do assist.

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Feb-21-13 1:59 PM

Feather, I feel for the people who don't want this in their area/neighborhood. Nobody in this city should have their quality of life diminished one bit because of the lacking qualities of others.

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Feb-21-13 1:58 PM

Nope, not saying the mission is responsible for the homeless problem. You must be misreading to come to that point.

But it attracts them. That is the point of having the mission.

And they do turn people away. They do throw people out. They do not let people stay in the building all day long.

And all of those people sometimes can, will and have stayed downtown or went into the park.

Facts on the ground I'm sure someone who no longer lives in the area would have to take my word for, Pahoot.

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Feb-21-13 1:54 PM

Maybe, just maybe Someone will buy those properties, esp on Elm. I'm sure established, levity Buisnesses downtown and nearby would WELCOME other buisness. Right Nat? Might be taking comment here wrong... so will refrain from making any sarcastic shots back.....for now.

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Feb-21-13 1:38 PM

It's refreshing to see positive comments on a program that helps those who are down and out, although obviously not everyone is totally satisfied with the mission moving. Recall people complaining of the "Walking Blight" downtown, although a harsh way to describe homeless, mentally ill and the other, I agree. But now your concerned over the selling/demand of former mission buildings? Nativio? Thought of all people you'd be happy of the move to SW side...

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Feb-21-13 1:29 PM

Wait, some of you are actually blaming the mission for the homeless problem in the city?

Don't know if trolling or just very, very stupid.

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Feb-21-13 1:09 PM

I've seen the walking, breathing blight that the Mission on Elm has brought into downtown and the central city.

One resident told me she no longer feels comfortable greeting people near her street when walking because she has no idea if they are her neighbors or folks headed to the mission.

As stated in this article, when the mission can't help someone or throws someone out, where do they go? With Elm, they loiter downtown. As I recall, the mission insists that folks spend time during the day finding work and not staying inside all day. Where do you think they go? With the Elm mission, they sit downtown or in the park all day. I've seen it.

And selling their other properties? Really? That is as silly as the city saying they would sell off their properties vacated when the One Stop is built. Has the mission ever bought a property that was actually in demand with legitimate buyers wanting to buy also?

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Feb-21-13 10:49 AM

Excellent program. I enjoyed volunteering for the family mission and will gladly do so again one day.

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Feb-21-13 10:46 AM

What a wonderful use for a building that has been a place to serve people for over 50 years.

Local residents should be thankful that the property was purchased by a local organization that does outstanding work for our community rather than some buyer who has no commitment to Warren.

I have been to the Mission on Elm Road on several occasions to leave donations or volunteer at holiday meals and have NEVER been concerned for my safety.

The Warren Family Mission is a top-rate organization who helps those who cannot get help otherwise or have no one else to turn to.

Good luck on your new endeavor!

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Feb-21-13 10:21 AM

That area is the perfect location for the Mission!

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Feb-21-13 10:03 AM

Their feet

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Feb-21-13 9:38 AM

You have a great service but by moving how do those in need get to you?

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Feb-21-13 8:58 AM

Their growth isn't wonderful news but what they offer is second to none for those in need. If we didn't have such a blessed operation what would all of these people do? Congratulations on securing a larger facility to support the rising demand within our community.

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Feb-21-13 8:40 AM

I am personally thrilled with their plan! They are such a great asset to this area. They receive no government assistance, and are run solely on private donations. The fact that they were able to puchase these building is wonderful!!! They run a tight ship, so I don't see them relocating to this new building becoming a nuisance. They are trying to help people get back on their feet. I read that only women with no addiction problems and their children will be housed in the former nuns and preist's homes. How could that be bad for a neighborhood? Don't they deserve the same opportunities as the rest of us? I am just fortunate enough to be able to make donations, instead of having to call upon them for help. But, that doesn't mean that won't change in the future!!! I am happy for them!! '

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Feb-21-13 7:59 AM

Does Mark Wood still work there? Haven't seen him lately.

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Feb-21-13 7:51 AM

The Warren Family Mission has been an asset to this community. It's a full service organization that truly helps those in need. Instead of complaining about where they locate their facility, the concern should be that the organization is growing which brings me to believe that the homeless and destitude population is growing in our community..that's the real issue.

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Feb-21-13 6:41 AM

I concur.

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Feb-21-13 6:26 AM

Wonderful program for those who are in need. Good luck in your new digs Warren Family Mission!

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