Faith based group searches for new outreach location

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - A faith based group that provides food to needy families in Covington is, once again, looking for a place to hold its monthly outreach.

For the past 20 years Isaiah House Ministries has been holding their food giveaways at John G. Carlisle elementary until August when they were forced to move to another location just blocks away on West Pike Street.

Now that location is no longer an option. Many people are asking why.

Pastor Mark Kinman of Faith Church in Park Hills says the future location of the Isaiah House outreach is uncertain.

"Naturally it's a concern of ours where we're going to hold this event each month," says Kinman.

The outreach events attract hundreds of people in need.  FOX19 talked to neighbors around Carlisle Elementary like Teresa Weatherspoon who says the outreach doesn't bother her.

"They control the parking," explains Weatherspoon. "They have port-o-lets for them to go to the bathroom. They clean up all the garbage when they left. There's no problem whatsoever."

Shirley Hughes also lives in the neighborhood and applauds Isaiah House's efforts. "I think it's a good thing. A lot of people depend on it at the end of the month to feed their children."

Covington resident Cody West says the outreach is needed. "They'll give you enough food for the week. They have raffles where they give little kids bikes. You know, they have hot food."

In our commitment to balanced news FOX19 reached out to Covington City Manager Larry Klein by phone who says there were complaints about an event at Carlisle elementary.

"There was trash in the neighborhood from some of the prepared food they serve at this event and that there was no parking spaces left on the street for residents and tractor trailers driving on sidewalks and port-o-lets in people's front yards for the event," says Klein.

Klein says the outreach has outgrown the last two locations. "We're brain-storming bigger locations. They referenced Calvary Baptist Church. I think Isaiah House is going to contact them-  trying to move this very large event to a larger location."

There are a lot of people who depend on the Isaiah House monthly outreach so the hope is they'll find a permanent place to conduct their monthly food giveaways before the last Saturday in November.

The City of Covington has suggested moving the Isaiah House outreach to Latonia, but there are concerns that the people who need help the most may not be able to get there.

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