Crossville church postpones vote on possible center for rehabili

Crossville church postpones vote on possible center for rehabilitated women

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The pastor believes this use of the facility will help the church reach out to people in need, and would not bring any danger to the community that Meridian Baptist Church calls home. The pastor believes this use of the facility will help the church reach out to people in need, and would not bring any danger to the community that Meridian Baptist Church calls home.
"Anything we can do to life someone out of a tragic situation, that plays right into what we are as a church," said Garrett. "We are for our community. We've been here 57 years and have always wanted to do good." "Anything we can do to life someone out of a tragic situation, that plays right into what we are as a church," said Garrett. "We are for our community. We've been here 57 years and have always wanted to do good."
the congregation decided to postpone the vote Sunday for 60 days, at the request of Senior Pastor Mike Garrett. the congregation decided to postpone the vote Sunday for 60 days, at the request of Senior Pastor Mike Garrett.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - The Cumberland County church that has faced community backlash over possibly leasing one of their empty buildings to a group home has now postponed a vote on the decision.

Meridian Baptist Church in Crossville has been in talks to turn the now vacant building into a temporary living location for women coming out of rehab.

The idea caused major concern for some neighbors near the church, who feared the home could bring danger to their community.

Last Wednesday, Meridian held an informational meeting to address those concerns from neighbors.

At that time, church leaders scheduled a final vote on the proposal for Sunday's morning service.

However, the congregation decided to postpone the vote Sunday for 60 days, at the request of Senior Pastor Mike Garrett.

Garrett told the church members he believed they needed more time to make sure it is the right move for their church and their community.

"Pray hard so that we understand what God would have us to do," said Garrett.

He says it will also give them time to answer everyone's questions over what the group home would actually entail.

Garrett says he believes much of the negative response from the community was a result of some misinformation about the possible center, that it might be a rehab program or house dangerous criminals.

It would actually be a "transitional living center" for women have just completed a rehab program.

He says the women would have to be non-violent and have no criminal history.

"Who have been clean, have been tested clean and want to learn how to re-enter society," said Garrett.

The center would serve as a counseling and training center to help the women get their lives back together.

They could live at the center for about six months.

"How to have a job, how to do their checkbook, how to manage a relationship. How to function in the real world," said Garrett.

The pastor believes this use of the facility will help the church reach out to people in need, and would not bring any danger to the community that Meridian Baptist Church calls home.

"Anything we can do to life someone out of a tragic situation, that plays right into what we are as a church," said Garrett. "We are for our community. We've been here 57 years and have always wanted to do good."

The decision will be in the hands of the church members.

They will hold the vote at the end of those 60 days during their morning church service, making a final decision on the matter.

Anyone who lives in the community and still has concerns about the facility can feel free to call the church.

They can be reached at (931) 456-6089.

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