Ask Terri Mayer, executive director of Open Gate if she expected Wednesday night's open house to go the way it did and she'd say--
"No., not at all," Mayer said.
The meeting was planned by Open Gate so the Westview community could share concerns about their new transitional house moving into the neighborhood. Open Gate is a program that provides housing for offenders just release from prison.
"I've just never seen so many angry people over people's lives," Mayer said. "It's just amazing."
Roughly one hundred people were in attendance, giving new meaning to what it means to be a community united.
"In Westview we value permanent residency," one person said. "We value the chance to get to know our neighbors and know who they are to build the community to grow together, to trust each other and that opportunity does not exist with this house."
The residents were mostly upset that they were blindsided by the opening of the home.
"When you look up the definition of 'felony' those are the people that you don't want eight blocks away from our elementary school," Katie Grote said.