Martin mentioned a police officer got here to the church on October 12, about 20 minutes after the statue was put in.
“I very much want to give the caller the benefit of the doubt that they were genuinely concerned and called out of compassion for someone who they didn’t know,” the priest advised CNN.
“It’s a place where seeing someone sleeping on a park bench would be jarring,” Martin mentioned.
He mentioned the officer was very skilled and needed to be taught extra in regards to the statue and its objectives and which means.
The statue has been on show at a number of church buildings in the neighborhood and will probably be at St. Barnabas till December 1, Martin mentioned.
The group says the statue is an embodiment of the Gospel passage in Matthew 25:40 — “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Bay Village Police Chief Kathy Leasure mentioned in an announcement that officers are educated to assist people who find themselves homeless and inspired residents to name after they see one thing uncommon.
“Had there been a person laying on a bench, our officers are trained first responders and would be able to assess the situation and take the appropriate action. Our officers are able to render first aid in a medical emergency or assist with securing emergency shelter,” she wrote.
The church is subsequent to a park and the statue was put in close to a strolling path the place it may be seen by walkers and other people having fun with the outside.
“I’ve been very pleased that the overwhelming reactions, both within the congregation and within the neighborhood and the folks in the community, has been overwhelmingly positive,” Martin mentioned. “People have been grateful to be given an opportunity to have conversations about how we can best serve those who are in great need, conversations about the sacred worth and dignity of all human life, even that which is often cast aside by society.”
Martin mentioned the St. Barnabas has gotten donations from folks all around the nation, who’ve heard in regards to the statue and needed to assist.
He mentioned that cash will go to the Community West Foundation and Episcopal organizations serving to homeless folks within the space.