2020_010_A
Support the Café
Search our site

Residents returning to diocesan-owned apartments

Residents returning to diocesan-owned apartments

The first residents returned today (September 2) to an apartment building owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. St. Andrew’s Residence had been declared uninhabitable June 14.

The Palm Beach Post reports:

After being displaced by fire for nearly three months, 185 low-income seniors can return home to St. Andrews Residence in downtown West Palm Beach albeit with a catch. They must be prepared to leave again for up to two days once they get settled back in.

Residents have been scattered among hotels, family and friends since a June 14 fire damaged the electrical supply system of the building owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Bishop Peter Eaton of the Episcopal Church told residents in a memo Saturday that they will need to be prepared to vacate the building for up to two days when contractors convert from temporary power lines to the new electrical supply system.

Resident Jim Jensen said he has been told his apartment is still not ready and that the management company doesn’t know when he can move back.

The diocese and its bishop, the Rt. Rev. Peter Eaton, had received scrutiny in the second week of August from the Episcopal Cafe, Episcopal News Service and The Living Church as well as local Palm Beach press. The delay in the re-opening of St. Andrew’s Residence raised questions. Moreover, the lack of communication from the diocese to the residents was also questioned.

Those reports produced a strong reaction from readers. On Facebook, the Cafe’s report resulted in 26 comments — many highly critical.

Since that time, Bishop Eaton’s strategy changed to a controlled letter campaign. In a series of letters has kept residents and the media aware of the status of repairs and projected return date for residents. We reported on the first letter dated August 13. None of the letters acknowledged that Eaton was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. And local press often fail to state the connection of the Episcopal Church to St. Andrew’s Residence.

There is no evidence of a dialog with the residents of  St. Andrew’s.

The diocese engaged a public relations firm to handle all media inquiries. That firm has sent the Episcopal Cafe each of those letters as they were distributed to residents. We have posted the latest letter here.

4 1 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

2 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
christopher r seitz

A picture of resplendent joie de vivre. A happy Bishop for our hard times.

Eric Bonetti

Still profoundly disturbed by this lack of accountability and leadership

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café