The director of Omaha’s Siena Francis House says the controversy surrounding the bussing of homeless people to the election commissioner’s office by supporters of the Mayor Jim Suttle effort appears to be dying down. Mike Saklar says immediately after the bussing incident his phone and computer basically blew up with concerned supporters of the homeless shelter.
“We received about 75 to 80 telephone or e-mail complaints from people stating they will no longer support us and from several foundations wanting to know what was going on.”
Saklar immediately responded to the calls and e-mails stating the shelter had nothing to do with that effort. He says word spread and all seems to be ok now.
“Hopefully I’ve got the message out that Siena Francis House was not involved in this. I think people are realizing that at this time.”
Saklar says now is not the time to think about pulling financial support as the shelter continues to be overcrowded and this money is critical to their operation.
“A mother with two five day old twin babies showed up with us. We’ve got another three week old baby. We are just trying to do our job and help people.”
Saklar is relieved the firestorm has not subsided and they can now concentrate at serving those in need.