Whitesburg KY

Homeless shelter discussed


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” Matt. 6:36.

We are all ready for spring at our ECCO thrift store. The spring clothing is out, lavender, yellow and pink birdhouses are on display as well as the blue and white UK paw print birdhouses, and Easter baskets are standing in a row.

Yep, everyone is ready except Mother Nature, and she is still wearing her gray shroud of overcast clouds.

March 19, we had our first meeting addressing the need of a homeless shelter in Letcher County. Sheriff Danny Webb and Deputy Eugene Sloane spoke about the number of transits needing shelter. Sheriff Webb spoke of receiving calls telling about someone living under a bridge or needing shelter. Deputy Slone said they encounter two or three transients a month needing shelter in Letcher County. He said this is an ongoing problem.

Delbert, the supervisor for LKLP, said they receive entire families who find themselves homeless due to the downturn in the economy, people evicted from their homes and children who’ve turned 18 and have been kicked from the home with nowhere to go.

Renee, the resource cocoordinator for KRCC, says they serve 125 children and families in Letcher County. They find people living and sleeping in their cars, and say they receive calls almost daily from those who find themselves homeless and looking for shelter.

Other responses from the audience were those knowing patients who come from the nursing home or hospital and find they have no home.

There seems to be more people than usual living in camper trailers, and more families are losing their homes with no help and nowhere to go. And there are always those who find themselves homeless due to fire, flooding or other natural disasters.

Diane Watts is the director of this project and has been busy collecting information and visiting neighboring homeless shelters in nearby counties. Diane is enthusiastic and passionate about creating a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in our county, but she needs your support and prayers.

I want to thank Sheriff Webb and Deputy Sloane, along with our Magistrate Bobby Howard, for their ongoing support. Just like spokes in a wheel, with enough people, we can get this rolling.

Our next meeting is April 16 at 6 p.m. at the Eolia Christian Community Outreach community room. Everyone is welcome.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day. A kindness done today is the surest way to a brighter tomorrow.

Community Bulletin Board: Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest; Bible study at ECCO each Monday at 7 p.m., all welcome.

Our prayer list includes the passengers and families of flight plane 370, Sherwood Ison, Dudley Short, David Combs, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachy, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, Johnny Maggard Sr., Garland and Carolyn Couch, Gay Sturgill, Betty Terry, Allen Profit, Ted and Judy Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Ruby and Johnny Sturgill, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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