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July 9, 2013

City Rescue Mission targeted by agencies

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Recently my wife and I attended an open house at the New Castle City Rescue Mission.

It was worth our time. We found an impressive program available for those in need. In speaking with current residents, we learned of people who credit the mission for saving them from lives of misery and self-destruction.

The mission has been helping the downcast for decades, and New Castle is fortunate to have this ministry.

The Rescue Mission has never attempted to hide its Christian-based roots. The cross hanging from the front of the building on Croton Avenue is testimony for all.

Unfortunately, there are those in our country who hate the presence of Christian organizations doing what they think is the role of the federal government in taking care of the poor. But countless Christian organizations have been helping the less fortunate for centuries.

Now that the U.S. Department of Housing and the U.S. Department of Justice have filed a complaint/suit against the mission for what can only be seen as frivolous actions, it is time for area Christians to stand fast with the mission so that it can continue its record of success with rehabilitating those in our area who need our help. For those who have never made a donation to the mission, now is the time (319 S. Croton Ave.).

The recent debacle over the IRS targeting groups in our society for “special” treatment is a prime example of the federal government’s interference in the lives of citizens. Its tentacles now reach into New Castle, and we must be vigilant that they do not destroy what has become an American institution.

I find this action against the City Rescue Mission reprehensible. If others do, they should pray and contribute to the cause.

Ken Phillips

Orchard Park Drive

Neshannock Township

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