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Re: “Doing Too Much?

The information that Libby Wright uses for the promotion of her organization is completely FALSE. I am a former employee who left as part of a mass exodus with half a dozen other employees within the same week over a year ago because it came to our attention that Libby had duped the Tucson public into donating monetarily to several Giving Tree programs that were not even in existence.

As I type this, Libby is struggling to stay afloat because there are governmental officials and neighborhood associations that have discovered and are making public some of Libby’s false claims that have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years in public and private donations, most of which have been made by the very generous people of Tucson and church congregations. She is now facing the closure of one of her shelters based on the discovery that the building is being used as a shelter and not a “church” as she has claimed. This case is being heard in the Pima County Superior Court later this week.

It is a well known fact that in addition to her overwhelming donations from the public, she also can find it in her conscience to charge the homeless individual families she “serves” $8.50 per person, per night, for shelter and a shower and the failure or inability to pay will quickly get a homeless individual and their family (including children) thrown out on the streets.

During my employment, I saw many, many examples of outright dishonesty and deception that played on public sympathy to gain donations from individuals and church congregations. I watched as thousands of dollars flowed through Libby's hands each day during the holidays. I watched as bicycles were donated for the homeless children, none of whom received a single bike because they were all sold at auction. Same with donated cars, trucks, etc. There were countless reports of drug dealing in the bathroom from the residents of the Compassion Hope Center taking place right in front of the children and some of the mothers regularly requested to be moved to another shelter location for that reason. The Compassion Hope Center is NO CHURCH. The "sermons" that take place are given by anyone who cares to step up to the microphone.

This is NOT a “Christian” organization as has been stated by Libby repeatedly. There is nothing Christian about Libby Wright. Those of us who know the unethical inner workings of her operation and the many ways Tucson has been deceived by her know that The Giving Tree organization is just a money-making deception. This individual is nothing short of a criminal and should be locked up.

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Posted by anonymous on 08/13/2009 at 11:17 AM

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