IN - Allegations of child abuse at Hephzibah House, Winona Lake, 2018

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  1. wdmcmahan

    wdmcmahan Well-Known Member

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    The insurance company is an interesting avenue I hadn't thought of, I agree that's a great one to look into.

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  2. Hraefn

    Hraefn Verified Attorney

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    Yes, I found two properties/businesses that were registered as non-profit and receive tax exemptions. Both the location of the office and the property where the church and where the girls are kept, which are a town over from one another.
     
  3. fictionisbetter

    fictionisbetter Active Member

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    Here is their tax information. I don't know much about this stuff (sorry if it's already been posted) but if anyone with expertise can go over it with a fine tooth comb, it may prove helpful in some way.

    http://www.nonprofitfacts.com/IN/Hephzibah-House-Inc.html

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  4. fictionisbetter

    fictionisbetter Active Member

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    Also, it looks like they got a food inspection violation at the end of 2017. I wonder if the inspection was scheduled or if it was unannounced. Is this the location the girls are housed? It is listed as being in Warsaw (not sure if it's county name or town name). It just kills me to know someone was inside doing an inspection and missed what was going on.

    http://www.inkfreenews.com/2016/12/...ealth-department-november-health-inspections/

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  5. human

    human Well-Known Member

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    I have tears as I am reading this. I wish I was there with you. I would set up my booth right next to his.
     
  6. Margo/Mom

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    It is my understanding that these schools (there have been several that I have read about, not necessarily connected in any way) have two revenue streams. One is from supportive churches who support what they believe to be happening there. And the other is tuition from parents. One such set-up (I forget the name, but I believe that they originated in Texas) even had a children's choir that they would take around to churches as examples of their good work. But they tend to shun any government dollars that would have accountability attached.

    One counter example is a Gothard (name of the founder) residential facility that operated in Indianapolis for a time, accepting juvenile court referrals (and $). They were ultimately shut down for abusing children (and possibly some church-state violations as well). However, I believe that the "work" simply continued elsewhere, including internationally. I believe that the founder may finally have been booted out for sexually assaulting female "interns." The Duggar family sent Josh to their organization to help with his sexual issues. (pause to contemplate the irony)

    Indiana is/was also the home of New Horizons Academy (Marion, Indiana). I do not know if they are still in existence. They were connected to Escuela Caribe, which was highlighted in a documentary, "Kidnapped for Christ" and the memoir Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres. All very sad stories.
     
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    human Well-Known Member

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  8. HamSandwich

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    For you:

    Patient we will be
    You are an inspiration
    Hopeful for justice

    Love and peace to you
    From all of us far and wide
    Thank you for sharing
     
  9. BayouBelle_LA

    BayouBelle_LA Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for finding this.

    I did notice that 86.8% of their income was from grants in 2014. For perspective an organization performing similar work averages .3 % in grants. If any one individual contributes 2%+ they need to report that unless it's a government entity making the contribution. They reported that they didn't receive more than 2% from any one individual. Who is funding them? I hope it's not tax dollars at work here.
     
  10. Doghairrules

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    Finally, something I can help with. They are a nonprofit and operate on a relatively small budget - less than $500k/year. Most of their income is from donations and grants. Ronald Williams is reported to make $41k/year for 60 hours/week of work.
     
  11. human

    human Well-Known Member

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    This is about sex abuse, but do they not work on other issues as well?


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  12. EuTuCroquet?

    EuTuCroquet? “What's happening to my special purpose!?”

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    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/35-1271444

    Guidestar profile link.

    It has two one-star reviews. Downloadable pdfs of financials are available.

    (Here's a download link to 2016/2015 tax return info in pdf format.)

    Seems to be Hephzibah Houses in other states, too. No idea if they're related.


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    On page 10, Section 24a of the 2015/16 tax form
    / "Other expenses" — Ministry expe/Reimundist — $87,409

    What's this mean? Is Ronald Williams the pastor of this "girls' school"? Is he also paying himself almost $90k in addition to the $41k he's paying himself as director? ... If the entire operation runs on about $500k ... ??? Who is receiving that $90k?
     
  13. Hatfield

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    JMO
    Re BBM

    See I really think organizations like this are making large "donations" to local LE and other local agencies and maybe even above local to "protect" them. I honestly think that is why you have hit road blocks in the past.

    Its similar to the lobbyists in Washington IMO where they use the old "i rub your back and you rub mine" technique. They could even be possibly donating funds legally and in their cover letter to lets say the Sheriff's office for example, they would say something like
    "Here is our annual check for $10,000 to help your department since we value and trust law enforcement to help us all stay safe from trouble".

    That implies they expect protection from them without them actually saying it. And they may even hand deliver funds each year which allows them to make subtle off the record comments implying they expect protection.

    I really think these places are able to thrive because of techniques like that.

    If something like that is happening which I suspect it very well could be then one angle that may be pursued is to see if there are financial records that may be able to be obtained through freedom of information act to see if places like the police department, sherrifs office, city administration office, school board, and others have received any annual donations like that specifically from them.

    Then if it can be shown that these places do in fact donate large sums of money then it can be checked to see if there are limits or caps or rules for the recipients of these funds. And to see if those rules have been broken.

    I suspect there are strict rules about "gifts" and "monetary donations" to law enforcement because it ties in with political contributions and political ambitions. And rules are usually in place to prevent people from buying their way into positions like being a sheriff or being part of the school board or other city administrative places.

    So im wondering if this is another path that maybe able to be pursued to see if laws are being broken if its proven they are illegally donating large sums of money. Once the monetary donations can be stopped (if they exist) then there wont be an incentive for anyone to "protect" them.

    I realize this may be a little difficult to pursue all that but with the right kind of legal help and the right kinds of questions being asked and the right kind of documents requested through the FOI Act I do think this may be a good avenue to pursue.

    All JMO of course.
     
  14. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    Wow. Very creative thinking. i really like the insurance company angle. Do we know what company covers them and how we can find out?

    I can't believe this is on page 19 already!!!

    Disgruntled, don't feel inadequate! Ultimately this is your case and it is incredible how much you have done and are doing. Much more than most of us could handle!!!
     
  15. EuTuCroquet?

    EuTuCroquet? “What's happening to my special purpose!?”

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    Right?! Where does its funding come from???

     
  16. Doghairrules

    Doghairrules Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much for this. I wasn’t sure I could post the link.
     
  17. Doghairrules

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    I will check with a colleague about whether there is a way to find out about liability insurance.
     
  18. Doghairrules

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    Also REI in this context usually refers to real estate investment. I don’t think they could legally put additional salary for him in that category on the 990.
     
  19. Doghairrules

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    My colleague says if the insurance company is not listed on the 990, which it isn’t, the only other way to find out who it might be is if they were sued, then the company might be named in the court papers. They may not still have the same company, but it may be worth a try.

    Do any of you know how to search for lawsuits?
     
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