Jesus knocks on Dobson’s door: No room at the Dobson Inn

Dr. James Dobson profits from his image as a great Christian leader.  His campus of enterprises in Colorado Springs is one of the largest businesses in the city.

But this does not compute:  Colorado Springs has several hundred people homeless in the city, with no place to sleep but public parks and other public places.  There are more homeless than there are facilities to help them.

Colorado Springs officials consider a law to make it illegal to “camp” in a public place inside the city.  One person died from the cold recently.  Whole families are camping in some places.  [Good news before I hit the “send” button:  Colorado Springs decided to shelve action on the ordinance now, and work to find solutions instead, until February.]

Colorado Springs Salvation Army officials have a shelter,  but it can’t handle the homeless population.

Robert Moran, an advocate for the homeless, said the city this year has been doing a “great job” showing compassion toward homeless people. Among the examples is the Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team, he said. But the proposed no-camping law would take those efforts in a “completely opposite” direction, Moran said.

“It would be criminalizing homelessness,” he said. “People have the right to survive, and people that are homeless are part of our community as much as anybody else.”

The Salvation Army’s shelter only has 220 beds, he said.

“We have more people than that living in tents in the Springs,” he said.

James Dobson, you with that big campus of buildings:  What do you think Jesus would do in this situation?

Focus on the Family's visitor center in Colorado Springs - photo by David Shankbone - Wikimedia image

Focus on the Family's visitor center in Colorado Springs - photo by David Shankbone - Wikimedia image

Why are there hungry and homeless families freezing to death in the city where James Dobson has lots of space?  What about the other national religious organizations?

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4 Responses to Jesus knocks on Dobson’s door: No room at the Dobson Inn

  1. Ellie says:

    So, WND offers to send politicians a “pink slip” for only $29.95? Yes, I suppose that’s the Right way. Thirty bucks would feed someone for a week, but who needs to perform works of charity when you can spend money on a stupid prank and put more money into the pockets of the rich?


  2. Jan says:

    Well, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting to Focus on the Family to open its doors to the poor. Focus seems more focused on its own material wealth and political (Republican) causes than actions helping families.


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Actually, Diane, while Texas would like to claim Colorado, still, Grand Junction is so close to Utah we can’t really do that!

    I know, I know. A little jest — partly to keep you from mentioning the situation Texas, which must be worse.

    I’ve never heard of your group before, but from what I’ve seen in the last few minutes, you do important, and good work. Sadly, this post won’t get a lot of views. Letting mayors know about poverty in their own cities is a good way to get action. Our local food bank, the Duncanville Outreach Ministry, is constantly under-supplied. I also must admit, I do not know if there is a family-friendly shelter nearer than downtown Dallas, about 16 miles away on the freeway.

    So much need. Thanks for the reminder.

    What do you know about the situations in Texas?


  4. Diane Nilan says:

    Hmmm….some mighty good thoughts here! Would love to know the replies you receive.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of your fair state, which I had the pleasure of spending time in last month, is another atrocity: the Grand Junction shelter putting people out in the morning (I get that, well not really) and the drop-in centers not allowing families with children in, nor do the families have acceptable alternatives. I mentioned it in my blog, and have set up a simple petition:
    If you’d be so inclined…thanks!


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