Promising days for homeless families in Canandaigua

Saint John’s Episcopal Church can house a day center for homeless families, says a state Supreme Court decision overruling city of Canandaigua officials who said the church needed a special permit.

The decision helped clear the way for the center, which is run by Family Promise of Ontario County, to open this past week to two families currently in the program. The church at 185 N. Main St. invites the community to a June 20 opening celebration with a reception and tour of the former rectory and now permanent home for the Family Promise Day Center.

“We hope for a fresh start,” said the Very Rev. David Hefling, rector at St. John’s. The church that hosts Gleaners Community Kitchen and other social programs has been the center of a nearly two-year controversy over the use of the church rectory for the program.

No one argued the mission of helping the homeless.

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