Shepherd's Crook Moves into O.C. Health Center After Fire
OCEAN CITY, Md.- Jean Cushing, of Newark, opened the door to Shepherd's Crook's new home around 10 a.m Tuesday. It's a shed attached to the Ocean City Health Center. But old memories of a tragic November church fire still haunts Cushing.
"With David, with Father David," said Cushing, as she fights back tears. "I'm sorry." She cleared her throat and added, "We miss him. He was so supportive of us. He was a friend of 'The Crook,' friend of us."
Cushing volunteers at the Saint Paul's By the Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City. She said for about a week, Shepherd's Crook worked out of the back of their cars after the devastating church fire, which killed their pastor Father David Dingwall and the man, who police said lit himself on fire before lighting the church on fire, also died in the fire.
"It happened, and we don't know why," said Cushing. "But from it something good has to come. It can't just be the end."
They've bounced from place to place, determined to keep Shepherd's Crook open. The group can stay in at the Ocean City Health Center until May because Worcester County will soon need the space back. So, Shepherd's Crook will, again, look for a new home.
"Well it's either that or work out of the car again," said director of Shepherd's Crook, Bruce Young. "But if we have to, we will be out of the car."
Kevin Hall, of Ocean City, had to stand out in the bitter cold for a bite to eat when the group had no place to go.
"It feels great to have a warm building," said Hall. "We have a nice inside location with electricity and with the door that shuts without the snow blowing in."
As the location remains in limbo, some people hope their next meal will not also be in limbo.
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