ROCKFORD - A church in Rockford that has been housing homeless people during northern Illinois' coldest winter nights was told by city officials that they have to shut down their ministry.
The City says the Apostolic Pentecostals of Rockford church violates zoning issues and safety hazards.
“They came in Wednesday, and said that they have decided they were not going to let us open back up, and that we were in violation of code,” said the church's Pastor Dave Fredericks.
One below zero night recently, the church opened its doors to 50 people needing shelter. People slept on the floor, in the churches pews and on the stage. The City said that many people in the facility was a fire hazard.
Pastor Fredericks is working with the city in order to reopen the church to the homeless.
“The people that came to the center have feelings just like everyone else, and they need their necessities. food, water, shelter, and love. They were able to get it all here, and now they can’t,” church employee Thomas Sterling told mystateline.
Pastor Fredericks ways he is working with the city to find out what the next step is, and the warming center staff is hopeful that they will be able to reopen.