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Mission told not to feed the homeless in Seattle city parks
mynorthwest ^ | 1.19.2013 | Brandi Kruse

Posted on 01/19/2013 1:48:32 PM PST by Morgana

The Bread of Life Mission, which has served the homeless community in Pioneer Square for more than 70 years, said the city has directed them to stop feeding the hungry in downtown parks.

On the third Saturday of every month for the past three years, volunteers for the mission have handed out meals at places such as City Hall Park. The offering was in addition to the three meals a day they serve inside their building at 97 South Main Street.

"It was a service we were offering free of charge to be a blessing to the homeless," said Executive Director Willie Parish, Jr. "All we were doing was just a continuation of what we do on a daily basis."

In December, however, Parish said Seattle police told them they were no longer allowed to serve food at the park.

City officials say the restriction is nothing new, and that Bread of Life simply operated in the park for three years without being caught or reported.

David Takami with the Seattle Human Services Department said the city does not allow groups of people to feed the homeless outdoors without approval.

"This has happened in the past where there are a lot of meals served in a short period of time on the same day," he said. "It's a little chaotic and it can also lead to wasted food."

(Excerpt) Read more at mynorthwest.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: church; homeless; mission; religion

1 posted on 01/19/2013 1:48:43 PM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

David Takami needs a righteous ass-kicking.


2 posted on 01/19/2013 1:50:13 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

Actually the bums need a job...like picking up trash, working on the town farm, sweeping the sidewalks...then feed them.


3 posted on 01/19/2013 1:53:39 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Morgana

Good move, Feeding them will only teach them to associate people with food. A fed bear is a dead bear.

And attracting them to parks with free feeds causes their population to explode, making the parks unusable for regular people.


4 posted on 01/19/2013 1:54:25 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Morgana

What? Independent of if it’s a good idea or not, to feed homeless bums, Government cannot tell people not to feed others.


5 posted on 01/19/2013 1:56:14 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Morgana

When Churches do things that diminish a CRISIS, even a small one, then that diminishes the perception of the need for GOVERNMENT to solve the problem.

Lots of hungry people = high social spending.

The gov’t is attacking it’s COMPETITION.


6 posted on 01/19/2013 2:08:30 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Morgana
Democrats only care about "the homeless" as a campaign demagoguery prop.

Other than that, they have no use for them, and anybody they have no use for is targeted for destruction.

7 posted on 01/19/2013 2:15:57 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Morgana

Mikey Bloom-Turd in NYC did it, last year, since the city couldn’t regulate the salt/fat/fiber/sugar content of the donations:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/19/bloomberg-strikes-again-nyc-bans-food-donations-to-the-homeless/

Schmucks!


8 posted on 01/19/2013 2:29:08 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: Morgana
It's a little chaotic and it can also lead to wasted food."

Kinda doubt that.

9 posted on 01/19/2013 2:34:11 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Morgana
"By requiring that all food be served at the site, Takami said the city can control the nutritional value of what the homeless eat and can prevent litter from being left behind at parks after meals."

Aha! So *that* is what the city was after. I knew there had to be some element of establishing control involved.

I do admit I have very mixed feelings about the project the Mission has been undertaking. In my town, people are encouraged not to give money to homeless folks because it only enables them to continue their lifestyle instead of seeking help to get off the street. At the same time, it is a charitable act to feed others in need (whatever the reason), and I certainly don't think it's any of the city's damned business as to what kind of meal the Mission provides.

I would also not be surprised if the city was in line for some Federal money to start their own gig and didn't want the Mission competing with state services.

Either way, Mr. Takami is a butt-face.

10 posted on 01/19/2013 2:37:43 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: Morgana

Been to Seattle once on a business trip. My impression/remembrance of the place consists of sh!tty weather and homeless men using the Convention Center as their personal bathroom.


11 posted on 01/19/2013 2:38:10 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Morgana
"This has happened in the past where there are a lot of meals served in a short period of time on the same day," he said. "It's a little chaotic and it can also lead to wasted food."

Someone from the government lecturing us about waste?

12 posted on 01/19/2013 2:43:22 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Morgana

True charity interfere’s with leftist government vote buying efforts.

Why do you think Obami the Comi is capping your tax deductible charitable contributions?


13 posted on 01/19/2013 2:51:30 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: DemforBush

“...not to give money to homeless folks...At the same time, it is a charitable act to feed others...”

That is why we give to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission and some other similar groups that can offer both a warm meal and some help with addictions, education, and of course the Gospel. I’ll add this Mission to the list. And it isn’t like the Mission is attracting the homeless to Pioneer Square - that is where they are anyway.


14 posted on 01/19/2013 3:03:47 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar

I was stationed in Tacoma for 15 months. I’d say that 350 of those days were hazy and with rain or drizzle. The positive is that the grass stayed green all year round. And other than a sprinkling of snow....it just didn’t ever snow much in the region.


15 posted on 01/19/2013 3:05:25 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Morgana
Takami said the city can control the nutritional value of what the homeless eat...

Why does this person think the government can regulate and control what others eat? What law or statute (which I think would be unconstitutional) is there that says that?

16 posted on 01/19/2013 3:14:41 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc

Although, I’m not sure feeding them in the park is a good idea.......


17 posted on 01/19/2013 3:16:46 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Morgana

Change the feeding place to in front of the mayor’s house, or city hall.

Make a big deal of the city denying food to hungry and homeless people.

Make sure it gets on the news, Youtube, goes viral.

Put the POS Fascists on the spot.


18 posted on 01/19/2013 3:23:02 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: 21twelve

Thank you for the information and the local insight, FRiend!


19 posted on 01/19/2013 3:27:40 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: Morgana

...the city does not allow groups of people to feed the homeless outdoors without approval.

SHEEP VS GOATS

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


20 posted on 01/19/2013 4:14:15 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: DemforBush

This excerpt from the interwebs might help (and some history!):

Pioneer Square is Seattle’s oldest neighborhood... The classic red brick buildings give a warmth to the area not found in most sprawling US suburbias. The term “skid row” originated in Pioneer Square– when timber would be slid down Yesler to a steam powered mill on the Seattle waterfront.

Pioneer Square is a ninety acre historic district, devoted to art, history, culture and entertainment....

One word of caution, Pioneer Square is near the city and county courthouses as well as the county jail. Almost every time you walk through the area, you see something or somebody that seems a little off. The area is also popular with the homeless.

It’s not a threatening environment, but is definitely one where you are better off staying aware of your surroundings. After dark in particular you should think twice about leaving the 1st Avenue corridor. The folks in the bars are pretty harmless. The same may not always be true up around the bus stops on 2nd and 3rd Avenues....


21 posted on 01/19/2013 4:57:46 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Morgana

I always hear that charities should step in so the taxpayers aren’t burdened. I guess not.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 5:17:06 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Morgana
"It's a little chaotic and it can also lead to wasted food."

Isn't this the same Seattle that was planting fruit and nut trees in those parks, so the homeless could harvest something to eat?
23 posted on 01/19/2013 5:31:16 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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