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Letters to the editor, February 24

Rightfully proud

I enjoyed the article [DRC, Feb. 11] about Opening Doors International Services Inc. and Kate Williams, its new executive director.

One thing that the article did not mention, however, that I think it is important to note, is that ODIS started when a community of faith, Trinity Presbyterian Church, responded to the needs of one of its members.

When that member faced possible deportation despite having grown up in the United States, the church rallied to his support.

In the process, the church realized that many people in the community need assistance with the complexities of our nation’s immigration process.

With help from Trinity Presbyterian Church, which continues to house ODIS, financial support from the congregation and from the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination, and the assistance of the Starnes and several other volunteers, ODIS was born.

We joyfully celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. As with a child maturing over the years, ODIS has naturally grown and become more independent, but Trinity Presbyterian Church is still rightfully proud of its primary role in starting ODIS.

ODIS thus stands with numerous service organizations in Denton that grew out of churches responding to community needs.

the Rev. Craig Hunter, Trinity Presbyterian Church