Occupants must be sober in order to stay at the Elizabeth Inn, according to MUST Ministries "Frequently Asked Questions" webpage.
Three other Cobb police cars arrived, Leonard said, with more officers telling each homeless person they could not be there.
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The group was forced to move 200 feet off the highway near the MUST Ministries property.
MARIETTA Efforts by a local charity group to feed the homeless on a sliver of land north of Marietta were stopped by Cobb police when officers ordered a group to leave the space Sunday afternoon.
The problem, Pierce said, was not just with the activity Air Max 95 Og Blue on Sunday morning, so police will continue to respond each time there is a concern.
"It is home cooked meals every time," Leonard said. The group also hands out bottled water, crackers, and fruit, as well as hats, gloves and blankets in the winter.
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On Monday morning, Kevan Espy, vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Cobb EMC, said the nonprofit electric cooperative, did not initiate a complaint to police. In fact, Espy first heard about the Sunday activity through a post on the company's Facebook page.
The vacant strip of county owned land runs next to Cobb Parkway, near a busy highway intersection where Canton Road Connector leads to Interstate 75. Sunday to setup, pray, talk to the people in need and serve food.
"We have had too many calls," Leonard said one officer told him while taking his name and information.
By Monday afternoon, Kaye Cagle, MUST's marketing director, had not heard about the police response over the weekend and said information often spreads that is not true.
Leonard said the spot is centrally located between the homeless encampments along Interstate 75 and extended stay hotels off Cobb Parkway.
Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police said complaints did not come from Cobb EMC or MUST Ministries, but from other businesses in the area about people loitering, piling up trash, walking in front of traffic, public intoxication and criminal trespassing.
He said there have not been any incidents with the homeless, and if there were problems Cobb EMC would contact the charity organizations directly.
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Leonard was still uncertain if there should be efforts to move the operation. But as of Monday morning, Leonard planned to still arrive on the strip of land next Sunday afternoon.
"They have had feces over there" and verbally assaulted a woman at the bus stop, Pierce said. "(The businesses) are just quite frankly tired of it, as I am understanding."
Filling space at centralized location
Cagle said MUST Ministries serves three meals a day to their clients, totaling 81,734 meals a year.
"Cobb EMC supports MUST Ministries," Espy said. "We have been neighbors for years."
Cobb EMC, which has operated near that busy intersection since the late 1950s, is not troubled by the homeless outreach efforts because there is a fence separating the property, Air Max 95 Black And Wolf Grey
but MUST Ministries has not opened its gates to the outside charities so far.
The Elizabeth Inn shelter sleeps 64 people, but overnight guests must have photo identification, with Social Security cards or birth certificates for children.
"This has been an ongoing situation," Pierce said.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church has been feeding the homeless since 1991, moving to the Cobb Parkway location a year ago where volunteers from the youth group, choir and deacons serve roast beef, fried chicken, vegetables and bread.
Still, operating on the county's property will no longer be allowed because of the "unlawful" behavior by people accumulating in the area, he said.
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