Here is a public statement from the current executive director of “The Keep”.
“The biggest public perception is that these people are lazy and don’t want to work. With mental illness, somebody has to look after them with more compassion, more nurturing and more love.”
The following is a handout from “The Keep’s” executive staff to clients, expressing “more compassion, more nurturing and more love”. Since this communication is public domain, I see no need to remove the name of the organization.
To ALL Austin Street Clients:
“A letter full of lies, and unsigned, was sent to the State of Texas Parole Board and our Board of Directors about supposed terrible things being done at our shelter. I know this was not done by one person alone. Whoever wrote it had help. I don’t care who did it now.
But I have said enough times, you will all take it in the teeth when someone does destructive things. I suggest you talk to the person that did it and tell them thanks for making your lives a little harder.
No one is told they have to stay with us. Go somewhere else if you don’t like it.
Start acting like adults and stand up for what you think is right. Men and women of character do this. Otherwise, complaining as no purpose. And people with guts don’t hide. Kids do.
You are all adults; start acting like it. No one owes you anything. This shelter exists to help and care for you better than any other. Is this how to say thanks?
No childlike behavior will be tolerated at all to any degree. Acting like adults is one part of moving forward.”
The executive director then “punished” all clients by not permitting admission to the shelter until 5 p.m. and left town. Upon his return the following Monday the “ban” was lifted.
“The Keep” makes public promises to solicit money and I do believe it owes what it promises since supporters contributions are based upon those promises made.
And if the executive staff of “The Keep” expects “Thank you”, they have no place working at “The Keep”. Nothing they do is a contribution, they get paid for their time and work, everything else comes from donors who deserve thanks and gratitude. And what does it say about a person’s character expecting “thank you” working in this field anyway? Is that a solid Christian way of thinking?