Homeless shelter managed well
Saturday, December 30, 2017
We were recently at the Community Crossroads Center for a Christmas party for families with children and it started out beautifully with the guests giving toys away to children. It was covered by both WITN and WNCT.
We were surprised that it was not covered by WNCT as a Christmas party but instead as report that the shelter was mismanaged by Bob Williams, the director, and that it had been criticized for bad sanitation and food, too many children in adult areas, and verbally abusive staff. We have never seen this in our visits, and the director would never allow this to happen.
We know how easy it is to criticize others, but this is a new building for Pitt County and is over half way paid for and it is run by a man who knows the persons in the building, both staff and residents. He knows personnel and professional people who assist the residents in social work, medical assistance weekly if needed, job opportunities, and he knows the west Greenville community, City of Greenville and Pitt County.
We are also aware of how easy it is to catch colds, the flu and other illness in a close environment, and how sanitation is not a priority for everyone. Participants have a locker or storage container and are responsible for keeping their areas clean, If you ask one person if they like staying there, the answer is an easy statement of, “No, but at this time in my life, I am out of the cold and wetness of rain and I have a place that is warm for my child right now.”
We pray for their health, their goals and hopes, and for Community Crossroads Center for helping out in their time of needs.
Robert and Frankie Brock