Hearts With A Mission, which operates the only youth shelter in Josephine County, stands by its decision to turn down a donation of nearly $3,000 raised during a charity concert in Grants Pass by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus.
In a letter to the Grants Pass City Council, and in comments to the Daily Courier, officials from the faith-based group that runs the shelter said the decision to turn down the money was made with thoughts to the safety of the at-risk youths the shelter serves, not to discriminate against the gay men’s group.
The issue was originally raised at the City Council meeting by a member of the public, who expressed concern that the shelter denied the check from the concert, which was sold-out on March 25 at Newman United Methodist Church in downtown Grants Pass.
At that meeting, the City Council was deliberating on whether to approve extra funding for the Grants Pass shelter, and some councilors voiced concern that the board of Hearts With A Mission would turn down a check if they needed more money from the city.
Read more at the Grants Pass Daily Courier.