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November 13, 2019

10/29/2019 10:37:00 AM
Local poor not getting help they need


First things first. My name is Cindy Roberts Hayes. My house is here in Robinson. I graduated school here at RHS and was born and raised in the country at Porterville.

I want to challenge some of you. Answer me this. Does our county want the poor in our area?

Some poor folks know how to run the system, sucking out free stuff while they lay on the couch and complain about everything. I'm not talking about those poor.

I'm talking about single moms or dads trying to afford rent and utilities, etc. $100 for water deposit. $75 for sewer. They work. Rent on some places so high you'd think we're Chicago.

What do you want to do with  homeless here? What do you want to do with those  struggling? I'm not advocating for $15-an-hour jobs. Plan your life with $8.50 an hour. $500 and up a month rent on half-crappy houses. There is one man here in Robinson whose rent is reasonable on his apartments. God bless him!

Where are our hearts with compassion for people here? Our churches sending money across the sea just like our government does to help those folks but falling short in wanting to help ministries right here in Crawford County. Too many churches having the thoughts, if they don't belong to our denomination we won't help?

I've heard those complaints before, "I don't want those people in our neighborhoods."

"It will bring down our property values," I heard at one time.

We are the body of Christ if we are Christians. No walls, no divisions. Unity is what's needed.

Please pray for your neighbors and areas you know are here in our towns that need a heart change. So many people just don't have a sense of good and evil, right and wrong on how to live.

We have a whole lot of people in our communities that need their hearts and attitudes changed. We need people who will stand in the gap for the poor, Jesus said we'd always have with us.

Unfortunately, it's going to continue to get worse in this world until Jesus comes.

There is a lady I know with three kids and she's pregnant. Landlord said because she cleaned up the house he had, she moved into they'd waive the $500 deposit. Now they want her to pay the deposit with $50 extra a month. Now they want her to pay the sewer and water she had for the first month she lived there because they've changed their minds. Some may be from before she moved in. She got help with the rent from township. He's going to try to get her evicted because she didn't pay with her own money. Are you kidding me? Will someone please pray for this lady and her not perfect kids and that landlord?

Our ministry paid the water and sewer deposit. Each day she's late paying the rent he's charging her $5 a day extra.

She had a traffic ticket and missed a payment and the city police came to her house and immediately arrested her while home with her three kids. She found someone to take the kids or DCFS would have taken them away. For a crummy traffic ticket?

Why not community service? Why not something else? She had to have $250 to get out of jail. It was paid by a friend. Who cared! Do you care? I know there are people who need to not be helped. I've seen a lot of damage done by our court system and our overzealous police office. Yes, she messed up but it should not cost her the children.

Yes there is township and ERBA. You have to qualify for them both and ERBA runs out of money real fast. If you live on SSI or SSD you can't get help with township. It's not the girls fault that work there. They put up with a lot of stuff. Some folks don't get help because those wanting it are too lax in getting their paperwork back in. We should be proud of those wonderful women doing this work!

The Benevolence Fund gets so little. Second Chance Ranch has land but needs a building to help those right here get off drugs and alcohol. Upper Room Street Ministries passes out free bread and other things driving through those neighborhoods we'd rather not hear about. Our Father's House who has used over $11,000 over the last five years has helped people to keep from becoming homeless.

I'm talking to all the churches here in Crawford County. Lets put our money, love, compassion and hands on people right here in our community who need the loving hands of Jesus.

I pray Jesus opens our eyes to the need right here at our feet. Every day! Here and now. Oh yes. Please don't form a board or a committee to see if this is something you can consider. There are people out there right now wanting to do it and have already started. Lets get some of these cracks filled in.

Cindy Hayes


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