(By Tawana Roberts, The News-Herald). Dozens gathered in unity on the front steps of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights on Sept. 12.
The Rev. John C. Lentz, who is the pastor, announced that Forest Hill Presbyterian, 3031 Monticello Blvd.,has welcomed Leonor Garcia and her children to live in sanctuary.
“Leonor came to America from Mexico as a young teenager to escape poverty and violence and has lived and worked and raised a family in this country and most recently in the Akron area for over 20 years,” Lentz said. “Leonor has four children, all of whom are American citizens. Separating a mother from her children is not what we do as people of faith. It is not what we as Americans should do either.”
Lentz said he believes that all should be welcomed.
“I want to stay with my family,” Garcia tearfully said. “I don’t want to go back to Mexico, because I don’t have nothing in Mexico. Here is where my family is.”
Multiple clergy and community leaders showed Lentz support in offering the immigrant community a safe place to live.