|A flyer that the Cincinnati Restoration Church hands out.|
The group, The Cincinnati Restoration Church (website here) located on Harrison Ave. in Colerain, is according to its website "Missionaries to the Drug Addicts." Also from their website:
"CRC provides a live-in restoration men's home free of charge to anyone who is suffering from a drug and/or alcohol addiction and is ready to turn their life over to Jesus Christ."
It is a 9-month program. There is also a women's program which mirrors the men's, although it is not an overnight program.
According to the city, the Cincinnati Restoration Church did follow the protocol in order to obtain a permit. From the City of Fort Thomas, City Administrator, Don Martin:
Obviously the drug epidemic in our region is far reaching and as far as we know, organizations like the CRC are helping to combat this. But a few questions have arisen from concerned emails. The following is a typical one that we've received:When a non-profit group desires to solicit the City requires that theyfirst complete an application and register with the police department.We require a driver's license or current I.D. to ensure they have aclean criminal background. The permit specifies who will be soliciting,and the timeframe they are permitted to solicit.
"We had someone soliciting today. He mentioned he has been off of prescription pain meds for 9 months. As I'm holding my 4-month old in my arms, he asks if I'd like to donate money to the Men's & Women's home (located on the West side of Cincinnati.) I was extremely uneasy and mentioned that I had no cash.
I immediately called the Ft. Thomas Police administration desk. (They) informed me that I was not the only person that called, but (the group) roaming around had a permit to do so. Why in the world would some group from out of town be here and why are they given permission to do so?"
Here is an excerpt of the permit granted by the Fort Thomas Police to the Cincinnati Restoration Church:
"A representative of the Cincinnati Restoration Church has been granted permission to conduct a door to door canvass in the community October 24, 2013 thru December 31, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. This is no means an endorsement of the Cincinnati Restoration Church."
It is not clear if the CRC had obtained a permit prior to yesterday, October 24. We have inquiries into the FTPD and the city to clear up any concerns.
This was the third permit issued for them. The first two were for shorter periods. Rather than issue a permit each day they wanted to be in town, the PD issued one covering the rest of the year.