Pastor Inherits Brothel

Pastor Inherits Brothel

“The newest pastor in town just inherited a brothel.”  Said Cheryl Carter, Executive Director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of Greene County Ohio as she reminisced about the day the St. Francis Hotel was donated to IHN. She was referring to the storied past of the St. Francis Hotel in Xenia, Ohio.  That “inheritance” was several years ago, and soon after her ordination.

The newly renovated hotel, a seven year project, now named “Schneider House” was dedicated today at a 2pm ribbon cutting ceremony.    Schneider House will provide temporary housing and other services to the Greene County homeless community through the direction of IHN.

While both IHN and TBP certainly share the common belief that “Every life is important”, today another bond was formed as the former brothel became a refuge for homeless moms, dads and kids.  David Butgereit, Faith Based Liaison for TBP stated, “At the heart of it, it’s a transformation story. Sixty years ago, the activities in this building were unintentionally destroying families.  Now the activities in this building are intentionally helping families.  It’s a beautiful day.”

To learn more about TBP, Biographe, IHN and Schneider House, visit the websites below.

Thank you, TBP


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