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January 31, 2013

ANDERSON: Why serve? Who serves?

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The Center for Lay Ministries is an external service that provides so much and they operate Bliss House for women with special recovery needs. Serenity House and Jerry’s Place are their counterparts for the male population. Turning Point is a drug/alcohol program for a mixed population operated by LifeSprings, as is Sarkisan House.  

A lot of support, but the support is not enough for the need to be met. We will never end homelessness without housing — that is just a fact. All types of housing —  permanent supportive housing; transitional housing; home ownership; scattered site; Section 8; mixed income housing, and yes public housing. We can’t afford to lose one unit of housing without an equal replacement. The challenge facing us will be big.  Where will it be built? Who will want it in their neighborhood? Who will build it and where will the money come from? Over the next few months we have a responsibility to answer those questions and to develop plans that will help us build safe, decent, and affordable housing for everyone.  The poorest of the poor need us as a community to look to the future with compassion and grace, in a Christian fashion with a Christian heart.  

— Barbara Anderson is the Executive Director of Haven House Services Inc. in Jeffersonville.

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