Chambersburg family has strong ties t...

Chambersburg family has strong ties to Haiti orphanage

There are 12 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jan 19, 2010, titled Chambersburg family has strong ties to Haiti orphanage. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

A local couple with connections in Haiti had planned to go to that tiny Caribbean country this month for the dedication of a new orphanage their son had helped construct, but last week's devastating earthquake put those plans on hold.

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sue23

Greencastle, PA

#1 Jan 19, 2010
Great story. God bless you and your family.
Emma

Greencastle, PA

#2 Jan 19, 2010
The World Vision ad says, "Time is running out." Blarney! Haiti is a basket case, has been a basket case, and will be next year. The ingrained corruption and inability to establish a government that truly is looking out for the people remains the big barrier. The earthquake caused death and suffering, but dumping lots of money and material goods into Haiti won't help create a stable government. France is accusing the U.S. of taking control in Haiti. Someone has to establish so aid can be distributed.
Applejuice

Geigertown, PA

#3 Jan 19, 2010
God Bless JEFF SWOPE. It takes lots of courage to fly into Dominican, cross the border and travel, by car, to the west coast of Haiti. It's people like you, who step away from ordinary life and do extraordinary things, I can consider heroic. That word (hero) is thrown around a lot. You fit the bill.
Th Swope's story is classic. I send money to help fund special projects around the globe, but it takes a special person to give time and that special touch.
mimi

Newville, PA

#5 Jan 19, 2010
frank wright wrote:
Straight from FOX News
Dozens of orphans from earthquake-ravaged Haiti arrive in Pennsylvania with Gov. Ed Rendell to receive medical care and to meet their new American families.
Looks like Scotland school is back open.
What a great idea !!!
SSVC Proud

Harrisburg, PA

#6 Jan 19, 2010
Frank
So sorry your heart is so hardened. Yes I must say I laughed at the thought that Rendell was down there helping out because he sure doesn't/hasn't helped PA out unless it was to benefit his wallet or his cronies' wallets.
But why not use the campus/buildings that are sitting here empty for the good of human kind??? Katrina victums were brought up here and sheltered in the old nursing home on 30. Good use of materials. SSVC is set up to take in children. WE would welcome with open arms ORPHANS of Haiti. Gov. Curtain did just that and what developed was SSVC.

So Frank, I pray for you and your family that you never endure a situation like Haiti. And I am worried about your mental state that you are still worried about SSVC when you were not even part of this miraculous Scotland family.

God Bless you Frank.
frank wright wrote:
Straight from FOX News
Dozens of orphans from earthquake-ravaged Haiti arrive in Pennsylvania with Gov. Ed Rendell to receive medical care and to meet their new American families.
Looks like Scotland school is back open.
Prism

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Jan 19, 2010
Gotta Love Good Souls. Praise Jeff and his family.
SSVC Retiree LDT

Port Royal, PA

#8 Jan 19, 2010
Frank Wright's remark "Looks like Scotland School is back open" appears to be sarcastic. He does, however, spark an excellent idea. And I have to agree with Mimi and SSVC Proud - an excellent use of deserted buildings and grounds; sheltering children in need.
Ted

Greencastle, PA

#9 Jan 19, 2010
The SSVC folks are excited but are totally clueless about how much money and work it would take to get the buildings into suitable condition. They hope that foolish politicians will dump millions into the place to house Haitians. Rather than relocate Haitians from Haiti to the USA, housing and support in Haiti is the more efficient and effective course of action.
Haitians need help

Chambersburg, PA

#10 Jan 19, 2010
I believe that the Swopes mission is marvelous...and that the SSVC should be a relocation site for either families or a safe place where the elementary and high school aged kids could safely be housed and schooled until their nation is ready to provide that safety to them....and it is a shame to see all of those buildings and playing fields standing idle...what a great lesson for our kids ! Reuse...for good purposes....
Say What

Reading, PA

#11 Jan 19, 2010
Last word on SSVC was that the FBI was interested and has taken multiple inspection tours of the facility.
Butters

Aspers, PA

#12 Jan 19, 2010
Let's combine the idea of hosting Haitians at Scotland School, WITH the idea of an FBI facility.

Wow, that could make it a true One Stop Shop, LOL!

SSVC could become a model of government efficiency.
SHC classmate

Rheems, PA

#13 Jan 21, 2010
Great job Jeff and family. We need more kind and caring people in this world like your family. Keep up the good work and we will be praying for you.

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