You live in a neighborhood and a group home is planned for one of the houses down the street. The “recovery house” is run by a Christian group helping eight recovering addicts from drug and alcohol abuse. You have children. Are you concerned for their safety? Are you worried about your property values?
Nearly 100 people met at a local library in Tulsa to protest such a house. Two of their concerns were children safety and property values. No one denied the right of people to have a second chance . . . just not in my neighborhood, some said.
Buddy Davis, the chairman Abba Ministries that runs the home, addressed these concerns. “Drug addicts don’t boil children. They don’t automatically become pedophiles.”
One of the group home residents reversed some of the conventional wisdom and said, after seeing the vehement voices of the community, that he fears how he’ll be treated now. “I’m sorry that you feel this way,” Jared LaBelle, a resident of the group home, told the crowd of more than 100 people gathered at the Hardesty Regional Library. “It makes me afraid for my safety.”
Is there an irony here that of 100 people attending such a meeting, a good percentage of those people are addicted to something lethal, threatening the well-being of the neighborhood, but they just haven’t admitted it yet? Seems those recovering admit what they’re dealing with and are on a narrow path to recovery.
What would you do?