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Local Church Leaves behind Unused Donations


The church is called Corinthian Christian Empowerment Center, but there's nothing empowering in what FOX 26 Investigates found at the southeast side house that was once home to the church. Emphasis on the "was".

"How surprising is all of this to you," we asked the church's landlord Lloyd Robinson.

"Very surprising," the church’s landlord, Lloyd Robinson said. “You walk in here and see the crosses on the wall and Christian stuff and you think do right, do right by religion. That's not what was here."

More than a dozen people battling mental illness, homelessness and drug addiction lived here up until a couple of months ago.

"A lot of this is information left behind and these are clients that were actually receiving disability benefits and other benefits to even be in the program,” Robinson said.

The most troubling thing left behind: rows and rows of non-perishable food. Pastor Emani Claver founded the church in 2003. He said he dissolved the church two months ago.

"We got involved in our political stuff and I didn't have time to be a pastor of it," Claver said.

Claver tells us another church is taking care of the folks that lived here. But what about all the unused food and other donated items that haven't been touched?

“Some people who donated might be a little upset because there's food that wasn't used. There are donated items that were just left there. These are things that people can use.”

"Well most of the stuff that's there that was donated years ago and as far as the food and things were concerned that was donated by personal friends and family," Claver said.

Robinson showed us donation boxes and legers showing monetary donations to the church.

"There are these big boxes where people could put money in to donate."

"Those are done individually at Walmarts just like you would the Salvation Army," Claver said. "It's the same thing we go out and tell people what we do, that hasn't been done in 2 years."

Look at what happened to one of two buses donated to the church. The top was sawed off to sell as scrap metal.

"What do you think about the situation? On the surface it looks kind of troubling that there's all this food, there's a donated bus that's torn apart, there's food that people could possibly eat and it's just out there in the backyard."

"Like I said before, all that was given to them to do as they wish," Claver said. "Certainly something we could do is send it over to other ministries. Like I said, I dissolved the church I have nothing to do with it."

"But why not give it to somebody who could use it instead of just leaving it there?"

"You're right, you're right," The pastor replied.

Robinson said he's going to contact some local food pantries in hopes of getting some of the donated items to folks who would love to have them.

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