Westgate Tabernacle Church is up for ...

Westgate Tabernacle Church is up for sale

There are 19 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Feb 4, 2008, titled Westgate Tabernacle Church is up for sale. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

For the better part of a century, the homeless in Palm Beach County have known a ramshackle church in a troubled part of town would take them in, no questions asked.

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sunnydaze

Anthony, FL

#1 Feb 5, 2008
William Mattern, 58, munched on a lunch of salad and soup in Westgate's small kitchen and wondered whether the church's closure would put more people back on the streets.

"The county's going to have to take them in the county jail," he said. "I won't go hungry. I'll steal. I'm not going to lie to you.

Didnt MENTION he'd would WORK..If he is a picker, theres food there..but STEAL..so much easier and so little time...
plain Mary

AOL

#3 Feb 5, 2008
Ritzy Palm Beach....doesn't want the word homeless in there back yard....pure snobs , I hope the church can find a way..maybe a benefactor will come along....and save them..Go Rev Go..The beaches only think of their precious rich!!!!
Hey Plain Mary

Spain

#4 Feb 5, 2008
plain Mary wrote:
Ritzy Palm Beach....doesn't want the word homeless in there back yard....pure snobs , I hope the church can find a way..maybe a benefactor will come along....and save them..Go Rev Go..The beaches only think of their precious rich!!!!
Um, ok, where do you live, I will be glad to give the author of this statement a free ride to your neighborhood;

"The county's going to have to take them in the county jail," he said. "I won't go hungry. I'll steal. I'm not going to lie to you."

Yeah Mary, work hard for years so that you and your family can earn a nice life, and then, give it to a guy who thinks like that, at least he wont "...lie to you".
Uh-Huh

United States

#6 Feb 5, 2008
If the homeless guy who said he'd steal is able-bodied enough to get a job, then he needs to get up, get out and get going!

However, I know there are homeless people who have become that way due to various mental, physical and emotional issues. Those are the ones that are truly going to suffer when this church closes. Amazing how we can provide free healthcare and other benefits to illegal aliens, but we can't seem to extend the same help to legal citizens of this country who need it and deserve it.
Pastor Sherry McGee Hill

AOL

#7 Feb 5, 2008
Please do not lump "ALL HOMELESS" the same, because they are not. Westgate Tabernacle (WGT) have senior citizens and disabled people unable to make it on their small monthly check. There are no State Hospitals like there used to be back in the early 1970's. Businesses aren't providing pensions like they used to, and if people didn't have the ability to save for their retirement, or catastophic illness cut them down in the middle of their life, taking all of their assets, where do these people go?
Call around after 5 PM, or on the weekends/holidays, and try to find some place which will answer their phones. If you are discharged from a hospital with prescription drugs, some of the available housing won't take anyone in, after they learn what type of legal drugs the homeless person has been prescribed, because of the risks involved. The same holds true for women over the age of 21 and pregnant.
PLEASE, INSTEAD of making "unfounded statements", come to WGT and do some investigations on your own. Discover what the real stories are all about. But, do not take remarks made by so few to represent "ALL OF THE HOMELESS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY"! Come to our church open 24/7/365 and see for yourself our seniors to our babies; men and women; boys and girls; the ill and non-ill. WGT is TRYING to offer a hand up, not a hand out! Please come share your skills/talents with these people. We can use all the help we can get!
We're desperate, but we're doing the best we can with no money, and just a small number of volunteers, trying to put a bandaide on a hemorrhage! We're running out of time! There's no place for these people to go!
Pastor Sherry McGee Hill

AOL

#8 Feb 5, 2008
We are praying for your community as well. God bless!
Rolando Delgado

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Feb 6, 2008
Estamos orando para que Dios provea todo lo necesario para resolver este asunto. Pastor, Confia en que Dios tocara corazones para que pagues la deuda y continue con la mision que Dios te ha dado
James

AOL

#10 Feb 23, 2008
Pastor Sherry McGee Hill wrote:
We are praying for your community as well. God bless!
If you care about them so much as you profess then why are you selling the church and not telling those that are staying there. STOP doing things behind their backs, they will be in the cold again with no place to go....while your pockets are full selling the church. Just tell the truth and you can be forgiven. You could save that church if you wanted too. Don't be greedy...Aunt Flo founded this church and believed in you. What does she think of you all now?? And Pastor's Mom? MOTHER!!! What goes around comes around. You will see.
Hillary

Lake Worth, FL

#11 Feb 23, 2008
Lots of rich people go to my church, so it is doing quite well. Maybe the Westgate Tabernacle Church could start having rich people go there instrad of homeless. I don't think the homeless have enough money to help a church
AP west palm beach

Fort Pierce, FL

#12 Jan 27, 2009
This church is a cut above the rest, why it helps the poor, Jesus said the poor you will have with you always.

If this church close its doors where would the poor go?

those who have no money to rent an apartment.

I pray that someone who have a kind heart would help this church who do so much in this community.
concerned citizen

Pompano Beach, FL

#13 Feb 18, 2009
I know for a fact that there have been deaths in that facility (particularly Aurora who was dead and the body dumped out back by the canal that was on the news and in the papers). The staff there know much more than they care to reveal for they are in fact, a cult. If this was a real church and not a cult, there would be better conditions and services than a tent with bug infestations and other problems.
What gets Me is that there was a rape there and it was covered up. The staff there knows of what I speak. One particular staff member, Mark (The Disciple) is a known thief and had stolen a young disabled girl's food stamp card and used it while she was waiting for it to arrive so that she could feed herself yet he used it because he knew her pin number. This individual who claims to be a man of god, in fact, used this girl sexually and then has the nerve to harass her by phone so that she has to change her phone number and he has even gone so far as to hack into her website profiles because this scumbag knew her passwords. Now, this is a "man of god" who helped cover up the rape incident and kept it hush hush. Hmmm wonder why there were condoms kept in the security office and Mark's office.
It is a shame how certain girls were recruited for the house (given designer clothing, accessories and special privileges) for going with Steve; for "conforming" to their ways.
Here was a homeless shelter that kept medications from those who needed it. Those who needed to see a doctor were told they didn't need it. They were told they were possessed by demons (sad state for the mentally disabled). What about the homeless being locked out in the pouring rain during the cold weather while they had a "staff meeting" following the rape incident?
This place needs to be shut down. Their "faith healer" likes to make individual's they claim to "be possessed" consume essential oils that are NOT to be consumed by the human body. No wonder people die there.
Shut them down get rid of these people. Unfortunately, here in Palm Beach County, there are not enough facilities to house the homeless who truly need it. What a sad state our country is in today.
julie

Boca Raton, FL

#14 Feb 26, 2009
After a trip to WGT I realized that being down and out and homeless is real and its in our backyard.
I walked in to a small office where I was less then greeted by the lady who was in charge. I was told to go to the next room and ask for help with my bags. The room was filled with people just sitting around doing nothing. The smell was bad but the sight took my breath away. There before me where men women and children just sitting passing time. As I walked to my truck a thirty something handsome young guy (who was the only volunteer) helped me with my donations. He couldnt thank me enough. I started thinking maybe he was an employee or volunteer well.. I was wrong he lived at WGT. After we brought my last box in (a case of coffee) The same lady who never got out of her chair never thanked me or asked if I even found help with the clothes and coffee and brand new towels. As I drove back home I started thinking why doesn't WGT require these able bodied people to at least clean / paint and help fix up the only place they have to call home. I personally feel the place is a mess and when you have
neighbors that already want you gone then at least show then some respect by cleaning up the place. Help make it not such an eye sore for those around you.
I hope and pray everyone takes my comments and starts helping these people help themselves.
HALLIWELL MELISSA

United States

#15 May 9, 2009
THIS CHURCH HAS GOT TO GO.HOMELESS MEN URINATE AT MY FRONT GATE TO MY HOME.THEY COME OUT OF THE CHURCH.THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT OUR HOMES.OUR CHILDREN CAN'T GO OUT TO PLAY WITHOUT BEINGING BOTHERED'MEN COME AROUND AND OFFER US MONEY FOR SEX.THERE ARE A LOT OF PROSTITUES STAYING THERE AND THEY THINK WE'RE ALL PROSTITUES.MY 68 YEAR OLD HUSBAND GOT A GUN PUT TO HIS FACE WHEN HE WENT OUT FOR MILK ONE NIGHT.I WAS FORCED TO GET A PERMIT TO CARRY A GUN TO PROTECT MY SELF I WILL NOT BE A VICTIM.NO ONE KNOWS WHAT WE GO THRU THE SAD THING IS WE BOUGHT OUR HOME SO ITS NOT LIKE WE CAN MOVE.THERE ARE FIGHTS IN FRONT OF MY HOME. MEN CHASE WOMEN DOWN THE STREET.DRUGS SALES ON OUR STREET.PIMPS SELLING PROSTITUES.OLDER RESIDENTS AFRAID TO COME OUT OF THEIR HOMES. IS THERE A GOD? WHY HAS HE FORGOTTEN US? IF ANYONE OUT THERE CAN HELP PLEASE-PLEASE-HELP US.EVERYONE IS SCARED TO SAY ANYTHING! I CAN NO LONGER STAY QUITE IS THIS FAIR TO US? MAY THE GODS HELP US!!! THIS HAS GOT TO STOP WE HAVE LIVED IN THIS HELL HOLE FOR 10 YEARS......PLEASE-IS THERE ANY ONE OUT THERE???
desperate in westgate

United States

#16 May 9, 2009
This church has got to go.men urinste in our front yards'our children are not safe they get harassed playing out front.there are not only homeless people there but prostitues .men come around looking for them and confront any women offering money for sex.we are not safe..my 69 year old husband got a gun put to his face one afternoon as he went to the store' I was forced to get a gun permit because I am 50 years old and refuse to be a victim.the police can't be everywhere.I have been followed to the store and back .women get chased down the street by men.drugs get sold in front of my home..no one knows what its like to live here. its easy to say [ oh the poor church people let them stay ]-they should bring their families to live here.. is there a god? why has he forgotten us? please if there is some one out there that can help us? we even have an infected giant tent in our neighborhood it's a circus with dangerous clowns loose everywhere!!!!the sad thing is we can't move! may the gods help us!!!!
WPB NATIVE

Cookeville, TN

#18 May 18, 2009
I KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT DESPERATE IN WEST GATE I USED TO LIVE IN WEST GATE WHEN I WAS A TEEN AND AGAIN WHEN I LIVED WITH MY MOM BEFORE SHE PASSED ANYWAY IT NEVER BEEN A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE AND WITH THE HOMELESS IT GOTTING WORSE
brenda

West Palm Beach, FL

#19 May 8, 2011
Pastor Sherry McGee Hill wrote:
We are praying for your community as well. God bless!
you know i have watched the hole thing with the church as it unfolded,i was the care giver for floria b hieght that gave her lifes work to what you people call rev hill and he made one big mess out of it,befor her passing we stoped taking her their because of the way it had become,so called pastor hill had plenty of money go threw their and he spent it on himself not the homeless so stop trying to make him this great man of god hes not,we called him on monday to come and pray over mrs flora b height befor she died and guess what he did not even show up until frieday after i timed here heart beat as she died of bone maro cancer.then him and sherr showed up 4 days to late,his boat cadilac and harley all came after the last storm we had,so dont kid yourself into beleaving hes not just looking out for himself because he is preacher my ass.just incase you dont know who flora b height is?shes that beautiful lady whoes in the picture as you walk in the church she help many by feeding and housing them and did it from the heart not for profit.sherry at her deaf bed rubbed the top of floes foot and said thanks for every thing old gale as if to say o well.i my self was homeless a year later with my daughter whom was 7 at the time and lived in my van rather than go their his a snake that god will punish later.so beleave what you want i know the truth about the church and mr hill.
brenda

West Palm Beach, FL

#20 May 8, 2011
Pastor Sherry McGee Hill wrote:
We are praying for your community as well. God bless!
see shame on you mr hill befor sherry even died he was already with the one hes with now and more drugs go threw their than on the streets wake up people,i was raised in west gate which was a pretty nice lace to live years ago now the homeless have wrecked along with the drug dealers thay should tear the church down its not a holy place any more than to mr hill and his staff.
christine

Jefferson City, MO

#21 Jul 1, 2012
i was in this shelter for a long time when i got out of the mental health facility there in west palm beach and i hate to see it struggle like this if there was anything that i could do i would because you all have helped me so much when i was there now i am in missouri and in a state hospital hoping for discharge soon and if i can i am going to get down there and lend a helping hand to Westgate Tabernacle Church.the pastor and Sylvia Eric and all the staff are trying to do what they can do to save that place please if you guys are in west palm beach and you are reading this then i just ask you to do one act of kindness to the westgate tabernacle church please and thank you if you arent please just keep praying for them thats what they really need thanks christine
melissa halliwell

United States

#22 Jul 28, 2012
plain Mary wrote:
Ritzy Palm Beach....doesn't want the word homeless in there back yard....pure snobs , I hope the church can find a way..maybe a benefactor will come along....and save them..Go Rev Go..The beaches only think of their precious rich!!!!
......THIS IS CRAP...I,M A HOME OWNER IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD,..CAN,T GO TO THE STORE FOR MILK CAUS THE(HOMELESS) WILL HOLD YOU UP FOR THEIR DRUG MONEY...CHILDREN CAN,T PLAY OUT SIDE WITHOUT WATCHING A (HOMELESS)PISS BY THEIR YARD,THEY EXPOSE THEMSELVES EVERY WHERE..THESE PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO GO...IF YOU LIKE THEM SO MUCH TAKE THEM TO YOUR NEIGHBERHOOD HAVE THEN HARASS YOUR FAMILIES AND EXPOSE THEIR PRIVATES TO YOU CHILDREN,WIVES AND MOTHERS...THINK ABOUT IT!!! MOST OF THE RESIDENTS HERE ARE FORCED TO CARRY WEAPONS JUST TO GO OUTSIDE...IT,S EASY TO TALK..BUT WE THE NEIGHBORS HAVE TO LIVE IT.!!!THE CHURCH,REV,AND EVERYBODY ELSE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SO CALLED CHURCH...NEED TO TAKE THEIR CRAP ELSE WHERE AWAY FROM DECENT FAMILIES AND INOCENT CHILDREN..THIS HAS TO STOP.!!!!!!

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