Rev. Larry Rice Opens "Day Center" for Homeless at Galleria on Thursday

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Pretty swanky for a homeless shelter.
Reverend Larry Rice is poised to pull off another high-profile attempt to house St. Louis's homeless -- in the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights. Starting Thursday afternoon, the ritzy shopping center is becoming, in Rice's words, a "day center."

"We're going to get lunch for them, have a few dollars in their pockets," says Rice. "We have quite a few homeless that are signing up."

On Thursday at noon, Rice says about 35 homeless men and women (and counting) will be ferried from the New Life Evangelical Center in downtown to the mall, where they'll be able to stay out of the expected record-high temperatures this weekend. He's encouraging them to apply for jobs and enjoy the serenity of the indoor plazas, as opposed to getting hustled off of benches and out of parks by cops. If all goes according to plan, members of the homeless community will be there everyday this weekend, and spend their nights back at NELC.

"They have the same rights to go to the Galleria as rich folks do," he says.

But the mall is also a symbol of something more. Public transit to the mall has been blamed for increased shoplifting, in what Rice characterizes as an attack on the poor. The mall is also a major revenue source for the city and therefore the Richmond Heights Police Department. In March, the department garnered national attention in the death of Anna Brown, a homeless woman who was arrested for refusing to leave a hospital. She died in her jail cell shortly after from a blot clot. In a statement, Rice is also calling on the county to provide services to the homeless in Brown's name.

The time has come to reverse the county official migration policy of sending the homeless from the county to the city. This will happen as growing numbers of homeless people start moving from the hot, hopeless streets of St Louis to the comfort and luxury of the St Louis County Galleria. May such a migration continue until Richmond Heights opens the Anna Brown Homeless Outreach Center and St Louis County stops referring all of its homeless to the City Homeless Resource Hotline and St Louis City shelters.

Read the entire statement here.

A call to the Galleria was not returned. Rice says if he observes retailers or security specifically targeting or refusing services to homeless people, they'll have a federal lawsuit on their hands.

We'll update as the "Galleria Day Center" approaches day one.

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The_Knight_at_Right
The_Knight_at_Right

Why are you people so concerned anyway? It's not like jews shop at the Galleria. They're all over at Plaza Frontenac. So none of your God's Chosen Chosenites have to witness what their looting of America's wealth has caused.

nick
nick

Hey, Dufus, seems to me you are  protesting too much. Do you like a bit of cum from the drum?

nick
nick

I'd rather suck your cock!

Dulce Gaede
Dulce Gaede

During this heat wave, fans and air conditioners are also needed for the elderly and poor on the verge of homelessness. If you have fans or air conditioners to donate, please bring them to 1411 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO

Dulce Gaede
Dulce Gaede

 In addition to a cool place to go during this heat wave, personal care kits (http://www.newlifeevangelisticcenter.org/personal-care-kits/ ) are needed for the homeless in NLEC's shelter and those on the streets. Metro bus tickets are also needed so that the homeless can look for jobs and to get back and forth to work. Please make a donation at www.nlecstl.org

Jcarrington
Jcarrington

In addition to a cool place to go during this heat wave, personal care kits (http://www.newlifeevangelisticcenter.org/personal-care-kits/ ) are needed for the homeless in NLEC's shelter and those on the streets. Metro bus tickets are also needed so that the homeless can look for jobs and to get back and forth to work. Please make a donation at www.nlecstl.org. During this heat wave, fans and air conditioners are also needed for the elderly and poor on the verge of homelessness. If you have fans or air conditioners to donate, please bring them to 1411 Locust Street, St. Louis, Mo.

JCarrington
JCarrington

In addition to a cool place to go during this heat wave, personal care kits (http://www.newlifeevangelisticcenter.org/personal-care-kits/ ) are needed for the homeless in NLEC's shelter and those on the streets.  Metro bus tickets are also needed so that the homeless can look for jobs and to get back and forth to work.  Please make a donation at www.nlecstl.org. During this heat wave, fans and air conditioners are also needed for the elderly and poor on the verge of homelessness.  If you have fans or air conditioners to donate, please bring them to 1411 Locust Street, St. Louis, Mo.

Guest
Guest

RFT: Any update on what actually happened today at the Galleria? 

The Right at Night
The Right at Night

The guy you just replied to is also known as Leftist_Commies, Juden_Goat and other wonderful handles.  And probably gets paid for it as well.  Have fun messing with him--he'll throw his next cyber fit any moment now. . .

Guest
Guest

I just saw on Fox 2 last night that the Urban League has a huge building in North STL that is vacant and still being air conditioned. Urban League wont shut it off and the City wont either. The city is paying the bill----why not let the homeless/Larry Rice use that building???

David Braun
David Braun

Maybe Larry can send a few of the homeless to hang out in that store that Slim & Zella Mae Cox have down on Chip-Chip-Chippewa.  Slim could even train them to move furniture for free.

Guest
Guest

 Coloreds?  What are you, a racist from 1924?  Die already, your generation is past due.

Guest
Guest

 Well, I don't type in all capital letters, use profanity to emphasize my point, or make ridiculous references to imaginary sarcastic places.  So, I'd say I'm at least a few hundred miles ahead of you in the race of life.

Dumbass_Liberals
Dumbass_Liberals

The liberals here are outraged that people they don't like will be invading one of their little enclaves but God forbid should the mall run out the coloreds that are there to shoplift, fight, intimidate White patrons of the mall, rob people in the parking lot etc. because to the liberal the homeless shouldn't be seen but the violent coloreds should be seen because YT made their ancestors pick cotton in the hot Alabama sun. To the liberals the homeless are just bums whereas the malcontent coloreds are civil rights marchers.

Smdyb45
Smdyb45

Sorry, civilized.  Should have proofread more carefully

Smdyb45
Smdyb45

Wow, people.  Can't we discuss this in a civilzed manner?  I really don't see what Rice hopes to accomplish other than attention and driving people away from the Galleria.  Since I've never been homeless, I obviously don't know the experience, and I have sympathy for anyone who does.  But if I were, I don't think annoying people would help me to get a job and/or place to stay.  My friend told me that a homeless guy who squatted in the vacant building across the street from his house used to wipe boogers on his windshield regularly.  Maybe that guy had mental problems and needed help, but he didn't seem to be helping himself much.   The Galleria is a private business for people to shop, not a free place to camp all day.  If a bunch of people decide to sit somewhere and end up creating a nuisance, the Galleria will be acting as responsible business owners if they get rid of them.  Unfortunately, they will then have legal bills.  Welcome to the America we live in today.   

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