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Ultimate Faith Church Proposes Move to Old Walgreens

Drug Addicts, Ex Cons, Homeless - invited guests in Woodridge?

There is a proposition in place for the Ultimate Faith Christian Church - http://www.ultimatefaith.org/#! to use the the old Walgreens property on the corner of 83rd and Janes Ave, directly across the street from Cypress Cove.

While UFCC's purpose and cause is without question a noble one, seeking out and giving aid to the homeless, drug addicts and ex cons, it will bring an unwanted element into the community and particularly that neighborhood. The property is already surrounded by homes most of whom are probably unaware of the proposition.  I am curious what those property owners think of this. Lets hear what you have to say.  What does the Woodridge Park district, who run Cypress Cove which is directly across the street, think of this? 

The public hearing is set for February 6 at 8pm at 375 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440.

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Thanking God February 06, 2013 at 03:42 PM
My grandmother lives just a few blocks from this location, additionally, I have attended UFCC. I know that there is nothing to be concerned about. The mission statement was written about 10 years ago. UFCC is not a church full of felons, drug addicts, and criminals. From the time of its organization to the present time, the ministry has change in a dynamic way. I am an Information Technology Manager with a wife and 4 kids ages 6,5,2, and 1, and we are very careful when it comes to the surroundings of our children. I am also the web developer who developed the site before recent changes. UFCC is a ministry that is composed primarily of Families, and single mothers. It's not full of felons and drug addicts. UFCC supports anyone who walks in their doors regardless of their walk in life. Before I was an IT Manager, my family was living off a mere $400/month. Apostle George Guilford helped us all the way to where we are now. Many of the people who attended Ultimate Faith Christian Center are normal people who have had hard times. But through the teaching of the ministry, most people gain hope for their future. Aside from myself, I have seen many others whose life have been changed in a wonderful way.
Tara February 06, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Everyone needs to understand this Church is reaching out to OUR community. There are drug addicts, homeless ppl, child molesters, and ex convicts already in our neighborhood. Some of them might be a family member or a friend that needs help and this Church may be just what they are looking for. They may be your next door neighbor and you just dont know it. This Church is trying to save their lives and souls, help them become a modest citizen of our community. We have all been given a second chance in life, no matter what it might have been. Because they dont dress like us, smell like us, or some even look like us we are suppose to shut them out and knock them down again????? Who are we to stop these ppl that need help from getting it???? They dont walk around with a sign on them stating their issues, so they can still go to the parks, the mall, and surrounding homes. Just look in our local paper and see all the thefts in our area as well as the attemped aduction of the two girls in the area over the past two weeks. When God is in it No matter what ppl think or try to do God's will, will be done. I pray that everybody gets an understanding that if it had not been for the grace of God we might have been right there where they are. God showed us grace and mercy, so we as human begins need to extend the same.
jake February 06, 2013 at 09:06 PM
ok to everyone if the ppl that live in the area dont want something why put it there so everyone needs to realize since we the nabors dont want it stop and dont put it there
Mary Mac February 06, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I relate to the comments from the Woodridge Mom of 2 - given the investment being made by the Woodridge Park District - this area could do well to attract businesses who cater to the needs of folks engaged in recreational endeavors at the Woodridge Park District, as well as, the homes currently there. That would be a smart strategy to revive home values and quality of life locally. What a pleasure for folks to be able to go for a swim and then an icecream cone on hot summer day. Or a healthy sandwich shop, etc.. Also, I know the Woodridge bike path goes through there too. Not sure how much of these store fronts are Bolingbrook territory though - I was surprised to hear the old Walgeens was Bolingbrook. Maybe Woodridge could offer to buy the Old Walgreens property ?
Dirk February 06, 2013 at 11:42 PM
My GOD i'm glad I moved out of as you people have all mostly gone insane over there. I'm not sure what they're putting into your bigot juice in the morning, but It's sure got you on overdrive. Most of you are freaking out about crime crime crime and this dudes mission is to reach out and pull people closer to God and Jesus. His main message is love and acceptance and you people think that's a BAD THING? I didn't know ex cons went to church so they could rob or rape people.
Dirk February 06, 2013 at 11:42 PM
The way I see it is you guys need a little more church and a little less Honey Boo Boo.
Dirk February 06, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Amen
Michael Clatworthy February 07, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Let's remember the facts. UFCC's mission is clear and finite they can't simply decide to change it now because it is convenient for their proposal. For the apostle to pass judgement on the people commenting on this blog as atheists is childish and very unprofessional and very unbecoming for an apostle. That buildings lot is to small to accommodate its patrons...
Nina February 07, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Praise the Lord! We need more churches "PRAYING" for our communities! I know Ultimate Faith Church would definitely have a positive impact in Bolingbrook & Woodridge! I think this is an "excellent" idea! It's about saving lost souls and making Jesus Christ known through out the world! Halelujah! Jesus Christ Is Lord & Savior!
Good will to all February 07, 2013 at 11:37 PM
One thing was clear from last night is that those people attracted to this church and it's self proclaimed apostle in thousand dollar suits are the very people referred to in it's mission. Don't you people realize where your funds are going?  Now that the real estate market is finally showing some improvement the neighborhood around 83rd and janes is going to hit a plateau and stay there as long as that church is on the corner. The 5k sq foot homes to the west of the corner is going to be hit the hardest.  Woodridge has made a serious error in not objecting more strenuously to this proposal. I fear the most for the children in the area. The people attracted to this church are only going to bring more of their kind and most wont want to be helped but will likely be here to help themselves. I sincerely hope I'm wrong, but I'm not going to stick around to find out. Good luck to all who live there, hopefully you won't need it. Sent from my iPod
jake February 08, 2013 at 01:56 AM
i know i feel like the mayor is out for woodridge and dont give a f k about the ppl the live behind it bc are street nvr get fix and nvr get blowed in the winter so when he get out of office this or next yr hopefully we can get out out and the person the is renting it to them maybe woodrige and can pay him to cancer the contract somehow
GGM February 08, 2013 at 06:53 AM
John 5:16 For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath. (WEB ASV DBY WBS RSV NIV) John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you:'A servant is not greater than his lord.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Charolette February 09, 2013 at 12:37 AM
No
Michael Clatworthy February 09, 2013 at 05:36 PM
No neighborhood is without crime. No one is attempting to say this area is without its issues. The goal would be to keep it at its current level and make attempts toward improvement. But there is no denying who is attracted to this church. Commendable are its accomplishments for effecting so many lives. I admire anyone who is able to turn their life around. But rarely do attempts to change ones life succeed on the first, second or third attempts. So while these attempts fail this neighborhood will suffer the consequences. The unfortunate are capable to take to extreme measures to obtain what they need and desire. Drug addicts bring down those around them and often spread their disease. Ex-cons will find new areas to exploit and people to victimize. Good luck and god bless.
Michael Clatworthy February 09, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I didn't realize that churches had annual sales figures. What does it mean when manta reports that UFCC has annual sales of 51k?
jake February 10, 2013 at 04:02 AM
michael i think the ppl in bolingbrook behind cna sue bolingbrook for the giving of the permit bc since we dont want it there they shouldnt put it there bc its not zoned for it so if u can can u look into that bc i live on the street behind it and i know we all will sign it to not go there
Woodridge Resident February 10, 2013 at 05:58 AM
I'm sorry, but after reading the entire thread of comments, I just have to say there sure seems to be a racial undertone in most, (not all) of the comments. Why are people assuming the location will attract anything different than churches like Prince of Peace, United Methodist, or St. Scholastica? Even if lived directly behind the selected location, I'd be saying the same thing. When the church is operating, instead of walking past the location with disgust in your eyes because of some misguided idea of the types of people entering the location, smile, say hello, good morning, or what ever friendly greeting comes to mind to the church going people you might encounter. Kindness can go a lot further than misguided hatred.
Michael Clatworthy February 11, 2013 at 01:13 AM
I'm not sure what comment you are reading. But the focus is on a certain type of person not their race. Last time I checked drug addicts, ex cons and homeless come in all races.
Woodridge Resident February 11, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Very true Michael. Maybe racial undertone aren't the correct words,I apologize, but I will stand by my use of the term misguided hatred. A minister wants to do something good for the community, and all people see is the possibility of the types of people that MIGHT attend, not any of the greatness that could result. It's actually quite sad.
Michael Clatworthy February 11, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I have the utmost respect for what he is trying to do but their mission and current parish members will attract undesireables to the neighborhood. It is a bad idea for it to be placed so near schools and park districts.
Concerned individual February 17, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Concerned Individual Whoever is in charge of this must not listen to the news or pay attention to whas gong on in the news. I am not against having a place for these people to go but this location is no where the appropriate place. Why does it have to be at this specific location? Are you not aware of the places that are surrounding the location you want open to these people? I am all for helping people that have it hard for whatever reason. But you need to thnk twice especially for the safety of those around this building that you want to open up. What if someone decides to go on a shooting rampage? After that sad situation tha recently happened you still hear about shootings somewhere- somehow these people are still gettIng guns. PleSe think twice abou yr decision and the people around surrounding this area and their safety. Thank you. CS
jake February 19, 2013 at 09:15 PM
hey mike is there email i cant contact you at i would like to tell you a few things
Yes I feel more safe with a vacant building.
I am not against a church being located here. I am against an organization that does not have a plan for becoming a part of the communitiy. Forgive me if I am wrong, but I believe this is what I heard at the meeting: • When asked how they would finance this project, they made light of it by asking for donations. That is not showing planning forethought. • When questioned about traffic, they simply said that the streets could be widened. It is ludicrous that the nonresident congregation would expect the local tax payers to pay for it. Also, regardless of funding, I do not believe that widening the streets is possible without disruption to the residents whose properties adjoin 83rd Street and Janes Avenue. • When asked about emergency preparedness (medical or otherwise) for their “programs”, they avoided the question several times then stated that they were trained in the word of God. This type of training will not help in an emergency. This is not a joke. These are issues not to be taken lightly by any organization. To me, their responses show that they really have no plan, have no consideration for the community they are moving into, and unfortunately seem as though “they have not thought this project through”.
Are they running a business or a church? Sounds like a business. I think a church would have a little more concern. I did not hear that at all. I would rather see the building stand empty in the hopes of attracting a retail or business tenant, than be the site of this facility. A suitable tenant should have a real plan to improve the site, bring revenue into the area, and keep the site safe for our community.
Now, let's address the religious side of this. WWJD? Or, what would Jesus be doing? He would be shaking his head saying, "People still don't get it." Its about my teachings. Not about me. I want us to all do well, whether I am part of it or not.
And lastly, get a plan together please. Jesus was a carpenter. I am sure he measured twice and cut once.
Michael Clatworthy February 23, 2013 at 09:04 PM
I don't belive their is any legal recourse here after a couple findalawyer sites with no response and a conversation with a cousin who hasn't passed the bar yet. It is the cities decision to let them use the property or not. But I am still exploring other routes. Something has to be fishy when its pastor wears 1500 dollar suits and calls himself apostle.
jake May 16, 2013 at 02:34 AM
and drives a 2 nice cars and LIVES in joilet the doesnt even live around here
jake May 16, 2013 at 02:34 AM
so i hope he gets ound out lok for the cady suv truck what ever but thats his and a an another car i wont say so ya funny huh

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