While reading the article in the Sept. 10 issue of the Clinton Herald regarding the relocation of the Victory Center Ministries, I was left puzzled. I applaud the coming together of the future neighbors and it seems like Mr. Sullivan and Ms. Simmonds asked valid questions regarding the safety of the current children and personal privacy in the neighborhood as good citizens and parents should. I was curious if some of these are new concerns because of this relocation or is this a standard procedure when anyone new moves into the area. It is true that it “only takes one” for something bad to happen but I think it is also true that it only takes one for something good to happen and prosper.

The article referred to the residents as homeless. I perceive them as individuals in transition. They are not literally on the streets of our city but have become submerged into a caring and teaching atmosphere, one that has extended the necessary hand for success. As stated in the article, the center has guidelines that each resident must maintain it they wish to remain and doesn’t tolerate any slacking off by either the residents or staff, guidelines necessary to maintain a cohesive environment in the surrounding area. We the citizens of this fair city need to be alert as to what is happening for the good of everyone. Who knows if some other individual, perhaps a neighbor’s visitor, might have a past history involving drugs or sex offenders, better yet how do we know that someone we love might be the next individual in need of the center’s assistance. How many times have we thought “there but for the grace of God go I?”

I have numerous times and consider this city fortunate to have others to guide us if necessary. I wish both the center and their new neighborhood great success and prosperity in the future.

Bernadette Koch,


Our town needs to open our hearts to the Victory Center. We should follow the special golden rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Our Lord also said, “Help the poor, needy, orphaned and widowed.”

Many people in this town are beaten down with hard economic times. A lot are working not only one full-time job but also have added up to two part- time jobs on the side trying to make ends meet but are living from paycheck to paycheck. Most of the jobs in this town are not standard of living jobs and people are not making ends meet.

Now, let’s all work together A.S.A.P. to find a solution for the Victory Center before the winter season comes upon us and give Clinton a brighter future.

Jean Medinger,


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