CUTBM Looks to Purchase Property for a New Venue 2/1/14
CBS 7 News
February 1, 2014
MIDLAND-Church Under The Bridge Midland (CUTBM) has been having a hard time finding property to buy in order to build a new permanent venue.
Evan Rogers, the founder of CUTBM, says they've outgrown their current location behind of the Salvation Army, and hope they can create a “daily” permanent place for the homeless to call home.
With the increase of volunteers, and increase of the homeless rate in the area, Rogers says their services have tripled since they first got started last summer.
A man who wishes to be identified by his first name, Joseph, is originally from Mexico, and left his family in hopes of providing a better life for them.
Joseph heard of the economic boom in Midland, but was unable to immediately find a job and ended up homeless.
One day he came across CUTBM, and since then he's been able to turn everything around.
"It's not about Evan, it’s not about Church Under The Bridge, it’s just about people loving people and realizing that people have needs,” said Rogers.
There's a new face to homelessness, and people like Joseph who they continue to help.
In a recent homeless count survey, Rogers says homelessness has increased by 20% in the Midland area.
Currently services are held on the property of another church every Saturday morning, but if they had their own property they would be able to do a lot more for the growing homeless community.
"With the inflation of homelessness, it’s real important that we try to get a piece of land, and get that rolling pretty quick,” said Rogers.
There are properties in mind that would be idle for them to build on, but they have yet to receive good news from any of the property owners.
Board members of the church have a larger vision for their ministry—they want to create a permanent building in the shape of a bridge.
CUTBM hopes to make their vision a reality by next year.
Anyone looking to help the church can visit CUTBM’s website at http://www.churchunderthebridgemidland.org/.