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TribStar.com - Terre Haute, Indiana - Church looking to help needy Valley children
Royal Children's Mansion, which is affiliated with the Terre Haute church New Life Fellowship, is in the process of applying for a state group-home license, said Jeffrey Harpole, the church's pastor.
Last summer, the church bought a house and 30 acres in the East Glenn area to continue its vision of helping children.
"There is such a need for us to do something," Harpole
said."We don't want to just preach about the love of God and do nothing about what we talk about."
The process of applying for a license from the Indiana Department of Child Services
will take months, Harpole
"There are a lot of requirements," he
said."We're following every requirement of the state and it is up to the state to grant approval."
The idea to open a group home began about a year ago, he
"I have been told that there is a lack of places to put children and our only thought is to join those who have already dedicated themselves to this mission," Harpole
Organizers dream of offering a short-term emergency shelter and a group home for children.But those operating parameters, including the age and number of children allowed in the home, will be left to the state.
"It's whatever the state decides," Harpole
The church has formed a group-home committee and is connecting with community members for support.
The church has made other investments for area families and children.Last year, they fed Thanksgiving dinners to more than 130 needy families who did not qualify for financial assistance and plan to feed 500 families this year, Harpole
"This is our vision," said Harpole
, after describing the church's desire to care for needy children in a group-home setting.
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Jeffrey Harpole is the pastor of New Life and is joined by his wife Tami and son Roman.
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Pastor Jeffrey Harpole of New Life Fellowship echoed those sentiments, stating it's not hard for a pastor to stay out of politics as long as he or she remains focused on the Bible.
"… We have both Democrats and Republicans at our church, we have union workers and we have non-union workers.
We have a wide variety of people, and so I don't tell them how to vote, but I have no compulsion to withhold the Scriptural concepts," he
"I don't just do that at election time, I do it throughout the year because I preach the whole Bible.
It's not an election sermon."
ran as a Republican for an at-large seat on the Vigo County Council
during the primaries but was defeated.
said there wasn't a conflict with his
job and running for the position because the seat wasn't based on moralities, but budgeting.
"… I think the worse thing we can do is remove ourselves from the political scene," Harpole
said, noting that people with integrity and budget knowledge need to be in those positions.
While Smith said he's
also encouraging his
congregation to vote, he
has been spending a lot of time "trying to calm people's fears over Wall Street" because some of his
parishioners are losing many things.
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Another board member, Jeffrey Harpole, said he questioned making a decision Monday night on the security issue."It seems a little ambiguous," he said."Where is [the] money going to come from?"he asked.