(PCM) We have recently come across a story that was reported exclusively to WDEL.com where a man by the name of Matthew Senge who works for the Road To Redemption Ministries had reserved a two room suite at the famous Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware on Christmas Day as a gift for six homeless individuals in the area.
It was Senge’s hope that the homeless guests would be able to enjoy a warm bed and a hot shower at the hotel as a way to lift their spirits and take them off the streets for a night.
It was a wonderful gift idea and Senge was able to speak with management and the reservation clerk at the Hotel DuPont, all of who thought it was a wonderful idea as well. According to WDEL.com, Senge was very clear with the hotel from the beginning that the suite would be for the homeless.
All was well and Senge booked and paid $639 for a one night stay in the two-bedroom suite, even receiving a confirmation letter that everything was secure. Here’s where things take a turn for the worse.
Senge gift-wrapped a copy of the confirmation letter and delivered it to the two men, a woman and her three children who make their home in deplorable conditions under the Amtrak bridge in the city of Wilmington. WDEL.com claims that Senge let them know that they would be having a warm place to stay on Christmas night.
The individuals were blown away by the act of kindness and Senge had even planned to have gift baskets filled with food and hygiene products placed in the room for their stay as well. It was his hope that after a comfortable night and a hot shower the individuals might wake up in the morning with a different attitude to face life.
Approximately three hours before check-in time, Senge received a phone call from the Hotel DuPont with the terrible news that they were canceling his reservation. The staff member told him “What if one of those people rapes or robs one of my guests?”
Apparently, according to Hotel DuPont, just because someone happens to be homeless that automatically makes them a robber or a rapist. We are sure that there is plenty of white collar crime that goes on behind those hotel doors in which they are able to turn a blind eye.
A spokesperson for Hotel DuPont told WDEL.com that the true reason for the cancelled reservation was that the guests would not be able to check in with proper photo identification which is part of hotel policy. The spokesperson went on to say that it was an issue of hotel security but would not comment either way if the statement above was actually made.
Senge tells WDEL.com that he was not given that reason by the hotel and that the individuals in question do in fact have photo identification. He also says that the hotel should be ashamed for their behavior in letting down these individuals, as the effect could have the potential to be devastating.
Senge reveals that he has no plans on letting this go and that we need to realize that some of us are only a paycheck away from being in their situation, so how can we live with a conscious that says that’s ok?