Compassion Church feeds the hungry in Davenport, Iowa,
through the Timothy’s House of Hope program. Pastor Jim Swope and church
congregants love that the program helps neighbors in need.
The church recently moved to a new location within the same
city zoning block. However, a law enacted in 2012 bans entities in that zone
from feeding the needy. Timothy’s House of Hope was grandfathered in at the old
location, since it was already serving meals when the law was enacted. Now, the
city says that the ministry must stop.
To Mayor Klipsch:
Compassion Church’s Timothy’s House of Hope program is a lifeline for the hungry in the Davenport community. In a city where over 14% of the population lives in poverty, the demand for meal services is high. Banning the food service at Timothy’s House of Hope would separate people in need from people who want to help them.
Alderman Ray Ambrose says that feeding the homeless and hungry would be bad for local businesses. We say that doing a positive thing for the community can only benefit the city and its citizens.
We urge you to work with city officials to pass a revision to the zoning ordinance, therefore allowing Timothy’s House of Hope to continue feeding those in need.