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4:34 Ministries strives for homeless facility

Two area pastors came before the Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday night to help raise awareness and begin the process toward having a homeless facility in Harrison County.
Pastor Robert (Bob) Pryor of Heidelberg United Methodist Church said the problem really came into focus when he received a call from Heth-Washington Elementary School about a homeless mother living in her car with her 4-year-old daughter.
Pryor said enough funding was raised to get the mother a hotel room for a couple of weeks but something permanent needs to be done for the approximately 100 homeless families in Harrison County.
Pryor and Pastor Ryan Stroud, of Bethany UMC, came together to create 4:34 Ministries to offer resources that address the needs of the homeless by opening a homeless facility ‘to give the homeless an address and dignity.’
The pastors asked the commissioners for help and guidance with the endeavor.
‘We opened a bank account, and, since March 10 we’ve raised $4,000,’ Pryor said. ‘We’re going to push forward with this.’
Pryor said he understands some people won’t accept assistance or do not want help, but most just need a hand up.
‘You can’t get a job without an address,’ he said. ‘Some of these people don’t have anywhere to go … We need to come together as a community and clean up our community.’
Pryor said many people want the same thing, but like he and Stroud, they’re not exactly sure how to do so.
‘You’ve made a big step tonight,’ Commissioner Kenny Saulman said. ‘Other churches will want to get involved.’
Saulman said it’s too early in the process for the commissioners to get involved.
Commissioner George Ethridge said there’s a lot of good resources out there for the homeless, but they need an overall organization to bring them together.
Pryor agreed and said 4:34 Ministries hopes to be exactly that.
‘We lack a roof over these people’s heads,’ he said.
Pryor hopes the facility could help provide job-skills training, a bed, roof, food and encouragement.
‘We want to give back … instead of turning a blind eye or a deaf ear to a problem we know exists,’ he said.
4:34 Ministries is based on Acts 4:34 which says, ‘For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.’
Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 3072, Corydon, IN 47112.
In other business, county engineer Kevin Russel said it appears the Indiana Dept. of Transportation may take a serious look at the Federal Drive and S.R. 135 intersection traffic light. Russel said there has been 50 crashes in the three years.
‘That kind of caught her eye,’ Russel said of a Seymour INDOT representative. ‘Maybe they’re a little more interested.’
The goal would be to get a left-turn arrow light from Federal Drive to S.R. 135. Russel said it would add another traffic light phase, thus adding time to wait for motorists, but it would make it much safer.
The commissioners’ next meeting will be Monday, April 4, at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.