One church fighting to balance between helping parish and those in need

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - For Monsignor Raul Trevizo at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, it is not uncommon to see people who seem intoxicated. 

"In terms of people who are walking the streets and very obviously they were addicted to some kind of drug, it became obvious to me approximately two years ago." 

On church grounds, there is also Casa San Juan, where they give out to those in need, and there is also a school. 

Trevizo says he has found needles around the church before and this has caused many in the parish to ask if it is worth helping them. 

"Especially when a person says my mother was knocked down, you need to get an armed guard and make sure none of those people get close to her again, and when they hear we are feeding them, they say you're encouraging these people to present a danger to your vulnerable population." 

Trevizo says his faith tells him everyone in need of help can receive it.

He says they have taken precautions to make sure the children at the school are safe and that any addicts who come and get food are then asked to leave the church. 


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