Bay City group to house undocumented immigrants responds to concerns

The Wellspring Lutheran Services building in Bay City that will house undocumented immigrant children.

The Mid-Michigan non-profit who will be housing undocumented immigrant children in Bay City is responding to the concern of some area residents.

Wellspring Lutheran Services says it will be housing up to a maximum of two dozen immigrant children at a time from Central America.

"We just know these kids are in trouble. They're vulnerable and we've taken a short term shelter contract in order to serve them," said David Gehm, CEO of Wellspring Lutheran Services.

The non-profit says it has the green light from the federal government to house boys and girls ages 6 through 13 at one of its facilities in Bay City.

The organization says each child will only be staying for 30 to 45 days and no longer than 90 days.

"Just about everything they need will be done here on site. Including schooling and tutoring,â?? said Gehm.

Still some residents have concerns that their stay will not be temporary.

"They'll certainly be into the social services. You can rest assured of that. That all means more tax money for all of us,â?? said Bay City resident Dave Stein.

Wellspring is painting and preparing the inside of the building for the children's arrival.

The group says the undocumented immigrant children are expected in late August or early September.

The city says no local dollars will be used to support these children.