ANDERSON — A church’s efforts to build a ministry for the poor was halted last month when it was discovered that they’d begun renovations on the wrong house.

On Feb. 24, Christ Temple church sent a church member to a boarded-up home that was believed to be a foreclosure property donated to the church.

With two new doors ordered for the dilapidated home, the church member removed the front and back doors from the home and began pulling down the trim around the door, according to Pastor Eddie Robinson of Christ Temple.

The worker was interrupted when a woman arrived and claimed that he was working on her home.

Hattie Shaw, the owner of the home, said she had the deed to prove that she was the owner and her son quickly called the police.

Anderson police officer Joe Garrett said he realized the squabble was a civil matter when he arrive on scene and found that both parties claimed to have a deed to the home.

Both did, but one deed belonged to a home four houses down the road.

The mix-up, according to Realtor Lisa Hicks-Smith of Mid-American Realty, was caused by a flawed legal description.

Hicks-Smith said she was working for a bank regarding a foreclosed property on 22nd Street. “The legal description did not match up with the address, but we didn’t know that at the time.”

Hicks-Smith was asked to investigate the condition of the home for the foreclosure bank. “When I saw the deplorable condition of that property that Shaw owns, I knew that the foreclosure bank would end up paying more out than if they would just donate it.”

Debbie Robinson is the pastor’s wife and said the church never imagined it was renovating the wrong home. “We were told that was the house so we went to work on it.”

When The Herald Bulletin spoke to Shaw on Tuesday, the homeowner said she understood that the church did not mean to remove the doors from her home. “I’m not upset. I just want them to fix it back like they found it. I don’t have doors.”

Later, when The Herald Bulletin visited Shaw’s home, she changed her mind. “I feel like I’ve been victimized by the church.”

Church officials have offered to provide Shaw with two new doors and will install them for her, Robinson said.

While church officials maintain that they only removed two doors from the home, Shaw said Tuesday that more damage was done to the home.

Shaw claimed church officials removed carpet from a collapsing hardwood floor in the living room and pulled down drywall from the yellowing, paneled ceiling in a bedroom.

She claimed the home was pristine before church officials entered on Feb. 24 but admitted no one had lived there in a decade.

Debbie Robinson maintains that church officials did not cause additional damage found in the Shaw home. “We only took those doors down. That’s all we did.”

Contact Brandi Watters 640-4847, brandi.watters@heraldbulletin.com

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