November 18, 2013
To the Editor,
The “Our View” column published in the Oct. 6, 2013, edition of The Robesonian shares information with the readers concerning the construction of Lumberton Christian Care Center’s new facility. The editorial contains misleading and incorrect information.
The facts are that LCCC operates a soup kitchen, welcoming anyone to come for a meal at no charge, and an emergency shelter that provides temporary housing for someone in an emergency situation. For a person to receive temporary housing in our shelter, the emergency situation must be valid and verifiable. Referrals to the shelter are made through the police department and background checks are done. An officer escorts the guest(s) to the shelter. A few examples of those who have been housed in the emergency shelter include families who have lost their homes to fire, battered men, people who have lost their lease and are waiting for their new home to be available, or interstate travelers who have vehicle breakdowns and no money to pay for a motel room. The people served by LCCC are good people. Included among the 90 to 100 who come for a meals each weekday one will find veterans, retirees, people who have lost their jobs, a few homeless, some who enjoy the relationships provided through sharing a meal, and some who just have a hard time making ends meet.
It is true that LCCC has been serving meals and providing emergency shelter to those in need at 305 E. First Street for 27 years. What is not true is that, as stated in the editorial, “The new shelter is needed to accommodate the growing number of vagrants who have been dumped on our streets….” The fact is that our current building is 100 years old. Maintenance and repairs are constantly needed, updates to wiring and plumbing are needed, office space is needed, and handicapped facilities are inadequate. It is also important to note that the new facility will be located half a block west from the current facility — literally a stone’s throw away.
After many years of planning, the necessary pieces have come together that will allow LCCC to continue to serve the people of Robeson County in a safe, modern facility.
Board of Directors
Lumberton Christian Care Center