I have read the memos copied and distributed throughout my subdivision, Stonewood Estates, of correspondence about the Jeremiah House. My backyard lays on both sides of the rail-bed that runs parallel to Rods and ends at Bell Avenue. The house in question is near the rail-bed entrance. It is approximately a 3-minute walk from my yard to Bell Avenue. I have two small children, the neighbor moving in next door has seven small children, and you can imagine how many children live along the rail-bed.
My family has moved back to Perkins Township, making many financial sacrifices to do so, from Cincinnati. We want to live here and raise our children here because of the family-oriented atmosphere. We vote for the levies. We work overtime to pay the taxes. We love Perkins! However, we do not love the fact this is in our backyard. In the memo from Dr. Bill Kimberlin to Officer Parthemore, this quote is the one that was most concerning, "It should also be noted that the location of the home, while not advertised to the general public for obvious reasons..." I feel so much disappointment that my township leaders may have supported this home's unadvertised location.
These men, from state prison and local jail, do deserve "...a Christian home for formerly incarcerated men designed to give them hope, love and a positive outlook on life." I just find it quite disconcerting that it is in such close proximity to the proposed baseball fields on Bell Avenue and Stonewood, a neighborhood with many children, where people feel safe with their neighbors and community.
We have moved here, away from the sexual predator that lives two houses away from us in Cincinnati, with relief that we have a little more peace of mind that our personal items and our kids will remain safe. With the halfway house three minutes away down a casual walking path, I feel the threat of jeopardy creeping into my backyard again.