The shelter — previously an adolescent rehab center but closed since April because of the coronavirus epidemic — will house up to 32 people experiencing homelessness who are infected with coronavirus.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approved a waiver for Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries in January 2019 at the request of Gov. Henry McMaster, allowing them to receive federal funding despite a regulation barring discrimination against potential foster care parents on the basis of sexual orientation.
When Deb Richardson-Moore took over a downtown mission church as a first-time pastor at age 50 the place, she says, was an "insane asylum." Set to retire now at 65, Richardson-Moore has a built a community bursting with life, loving and beloved.
Republican Gov. Henry McMaster views the issue as a matter of religious freedom. Democrat James Smith argues the policy allows for unconstitutional discrimination.
Opponents frame the Statehouse measures as paving the way for state-sponsored discrimination. Supporters say they're protecting religious liberties.
That policy has been at issue of late after the state's Department of Social Services told the group in January they needed to abandon their screening policies or risk losing their license.
COLUMBIA — Gov. Henry McMaster is coming to the defense of an Upstate foster care agency that requires participating families to be Christian.