Ministry halts program for felons at Wright Co. home, but current guests can stay
BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Minn. (KMSP) - A church ministry that bought a house in Wright County to help convicted felons and addicts rehabilitate back into society has decided to suspend the program at the home, but will allow the two people currently living there to stay as guests.
The New Life in Christ Ministry recently purchased the house and two sex offenders moved in. But, neighbors felt the new tenants were putting their children at risk.
Wright County officials sent a letter to church leaders telling them they needed a proper state permit to run what they felt amounted to a half-way house.
A town board member told Fox 9 the two sides have since reached an agreement where the church will suspend the program at the home, but will allow the two men to stay there as guests of the church.
The church released the following statement:
"The New Life in Christ Ministry board of directors has voted to suspend the Discipleship/Restoration program at 5813 Canterbury Av. NE, Buffalo MN, until further consultation with the DHS, MN Health Dept, and our legal counsel. The two overcomers are welcome to stay on at the house as guests of John 146 LLC. To God be the glory."