LETTER TO THE EDITOR – My name is Mike Jorgensen. I am the owner of Steps Recovery Center and am the person who is opening the Residential Treatment Facility in Bloomington. I feel I should jump in on this discussion and hopefully clarify two important points.
First: While most of the neighbors who oppose our facility are LDS, (most neighbors in Utah are LDS) they are not a fair representation of the local LDS Ward or Stake. Nor do I believe their actions and behaviors reflect the teachings or beliefs of any mainstream religion. I have communicated with the Bishop as well as a member of the Stake Presidency, (who may or may not be running for Mayor) and even though they both had personal concerns about our coming to their neighborhood, they both treated me with respect and kindness and acknowledged their ecclesiastical responsibilities to our Clients, Mormon and non-Mormon.
Second: The organizers of the protest against our facility are but a small handful of Bloomington residents. Many of the Bloomington neighbors have reached out, welcomed us to their neighborhood, and have expressed their support and appreciation of programs like ours. We should not judge an entire community based on the actions of a few misguided, but well-meaning individuals.
I am humbled, honored and grateful for all of the support I have received. I acknowledge and respect the opinions of those who oppose me. My hope is that both sides of this debate can find love and tolerance toward each another, and respect the rights of those who have an opposing point of view, regardless of their financial status and religious affiliations.
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