A Texas businessman has opened his accommodations for a team of church builders looking for a place to stay, the Plainview Herald reported.
On Jan. 12, Jeane Browning and Harold Obenhaus, representing Here to Eternity, Inc., met with Hale County commissioners requesting permission to allow the volunteer church builders to park 25 recreational vehicles at the Ollie Liner Center free of charge for about two weeks, while the group constructs the James and Eva Mayer Chapel at the local Formby Prison Unit.
Obenhaus said the group went to the county commissioners because they have been unable to find any RV parks in the immediate area that can facilitate that many units over a two-week period
The county balked at providing the free sites and tabled the request, so Lindan Morris, who owns Floyd County Supply, stepped up, saying he has plenty of room for the traveling church builders. “They’re doing good work,” said Morris.
Morris explained to service the development of wind energy in the area; he opted to build RV parks in Lockney so those erecting the wind turbines could have a place to house their crews.
With space currently available in both his parks, Morris opted to offer the accommodations free of charge to the church building group for two weeks.
“They’re building a church so those prisoners can have an opportunity to see the light. And hopefully that will keep them from returning to prison later,” said Morris.
Morris built two RV parks in about 2012, one located on U.S. 70 and another near his farm supply location on Main Street in Lockney.
Morris said the parks have been busy as wind turbine builders have stayed there during construction. However, the parks have had some vacancies, giving him the opportunity to offer the unoccupied space.
“In past years, we have been pretty close to full,” said Morris. “But we have plenty of room.”
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