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From: Glenn W Guyer [mailto:Postmaster@Sunrise-Tax.com] Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 10:11 AM To: Bill Lane - President (lanelandbm@msn.com); Donald Albright - Treasurer; Grace Gantt - Honorary (grace@albanyhh.org); James and Marilee Sapp - Member & Seceretary; Jim Preston - Member; John Donovan - VP; Randy Glaser - Member; Paul Barnes - Director Subject: An Open letter to Paul Barnes and the Board   For nearly a decade Sunrise Bookkeeping and Tax Service has enjoyed a working relationship with Albany Helping Hands staff and the Board of Directors. It has been a delight to see how God has used what appeared to me to be an unlikely group of people (myself being the most unlikely), with very different ideas and that they could come to a consensus on so many things, allowing the shelter to move ahead.  When Paul Barnes was hired I accepted the boards decision and spent an hour and a half with him to acquaint him with the procedures and methods that we had developed  during those years.  The fact is that we now use the California CPA recommended chart of accounts for non-profits as laid out by the Real World Training program and modified for easiest use with the IRS 990 tax return and also to build reports that would satisfy the different questions asked by the board.  Also we have worked to establish an acceptable payroll service.   During the years we developed a special friendship with many staff members and a respect for them not only by our personal contact with tem,  but also though the affirmation of some of our tax clients that were associates of the staff members.  So it was a shock and very unsettling experience for me when I was ordered to write the termination check for Roger Hicks.  Not only that he was abruptly fired but the way it was given to me.  The recent termination of Diana Starr has further unsettled my attitude which is getting harder to keep from turning to strong distrust.   When Paul decided to go to purchase orders, I anticipated that it would be a help me in my volunteer work of posting all the invoices to what has become a complex chart of accounts.  But the opposite is the case, I have had to add another file folder to hold invoices that haven’t been matched to the purchase orders  and purchase orders (some with one copy – some with 3 copies) that are waiting for invoices (normally the purchasing agents job).  I have not been able to find a flow chart for any of the three copies of the Purchase Orders.  So when I called Paul for additional information on a particular purchase order, he at first denied writing the purchase order, but when I told him it appeared to be his signature, he said he would have to check with Sandra.  When he told me the information I needed he proceeded to insist on using a different “class” than what has been set up in the accounting and thus negating my efforts to have reports that accurately and consistently give a year to year comparison.  On another occasion, Paul told me that Christmas Tree sales had entries under the “Fundraising” class, but when I looked it didn’t, so I think Paul hasn’t fully mastered the QuickBooks class system.  Normally I would be glad to go over these things so that we could develop a friendly working relationship. I feel I have had that type of relationship with everyone else.  So far Paul has taken an adversarial attitude.   A case in point.  On Wednesday, Paul had Grace call me to get a check to buy the much discussed cash register for the thrift store, apparently not realizing that checks are normally only printed over the weekend when I have the data base in my computer rather than the data base being in the shelter’s computer.  When I called and tried to explain that the check would normally be available the following Monday, he sounded frustrated and said he would “buy it with his own money and I could reimburse him”.  And I answered that, “that woks for me”.  Which has been a common practice used by Pastor Bailey, John Donovan, Roger Hicks, Grace Gantt, Teena Corr, Sandra Fox, myself and others.  Then on Thursday when I came to pick up the data base, Paul asked me to his office where he asked where the check was.  I asked if he didn’t hear Monday, he said he did not.  He said further he was going to request a $25,000 check to pay off the city note because the treasurer was “bugging (I’m not sure what word he used)” him daily.  From there the dialogue went “down hill” and I decided it was best I should walk out, which I did.  Later I called Don Albright, and decided Don was not “bugging” Paul that much.  Also Paul claimed he had board approval for the $25,000 check.  I called Marilee Sapp and she did not find a motion for a payment to the city.   As to giving Paul Barnes the check stock for him to print checks, I was asked by the board to print checks so they could comply with a “government directive” therefore I feel responsible to the board, and won’t change anything without board action.  To have more than one source issuing checks would add difficulty and a lot more work to keep Grace informed as to how large a deposit would be needed to release all the printed checks – a complication I have very little time to deal with during tax season.  All things that I do, other than printing the checks, is voluntary.   For me the ideal supervisor would first find out what methods and systems are being used, and then second he would find out why things are being done the way they are being done.  Then the ideal supervisor would offer suggestions as to how jobs could be made more efficient.  More like when Jesus said he came to serve and not be served.  As I said, I have enjoyed working with the staff and board until now.  I liked to go to the shelter and help my friends but now I don’t even like to drive by the shelter because it gives me a bad feeling.  I don’t feel I’m the only one being discouraged by what appears to me to be more meddling than supervising.  Staff that was confident and getting things done seems to be hesitant and anxious about being second guessed.  I do pray for my attitude so that I can continue to do what I can for the shelter and that Paul’s attributes can be more utilized without his apparent need to prove he is “in charge”! Glenn Guyer

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To: All Board Members, Grace Gantt and Paul Barnes Executive Director Albany Helping Hands 619 9th street SW Albany, OR 97321 Dear Mr. Barnes; This is my official resignation letter to you. I have verbally informed you that I would stay for two weeks, for two hours a day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and if needed Friday to make sure that my area of work was in order for the shelter to go forward in an orderly way. I have mentioned two candidates for my job. The gentleman that has retired from SSI that is helping Dan and the gentleman that has retired from CSC. I will inform Jim Preston of his name and how to reach him for further insight towards a replacement for me. Officially I informed you that health was the reason for my resignation and that is half of the truth. I have Hep C and I am at dangerous levels of the disease. Now it is life threatening to me. I can not have any stress upon me and right now the shelter is an extremely stressful place that increases the possibility that my Hep C treatment will not work. I can not allow that to happen. I must, get well and do all that I can to achieve that goal for myself and my family. It is also stressful to leave because I truly care about the people that come to the Shelter and I believe with my whole heart that I have talents, skills and education that can help them aid and improve their lives. I surely didn’t take this job for the money LOL. I feel content that I have been successful while I have been there and for that I give thanks to my God. It is also a very heart breaking situation that I must leave because I have formed deep relationships with each of the Senior Staff that works at Albany Helping Hands. I have been amazed at the resilience of Grace Gantt who has been here from the beginning, through the good and the bad, the poorer and richer. And even though the world would say she is too old, she has more energy than most people of 55 or so. Sandra is such a fun person and she does her job so organized and proficiently that you will be hard pressed to find someone as good as her at her job. Tina has such a heart for the people and a skill of being able to communicate to others. She is a young mother and I admire her tenacity to take on her husband, her children and still give to the people at the shelter. Bobby is such a guy’s guy. If I weren’t married, well anyway. He warms my heart with his persistence to always do his job and do it to the best for the people. He has more than proved his weight in gold for the jobs he has done here lately. He has been overburdened and over-weighted with things and he, in his determination, has tried to accomplish impossible feats. Dan Kress is my mentor, I will never ever stop being grateful to Dan for the things that he taught me. He is a manager. He knows how to manage. He sniffs out people’s skills and talents then sits back and becomes a support to them. Encouraging them, pushing them forward, and developing them to become better than they were. And he allowed us even to fail, knowing that we still learned through that process. I want to just bless all of these wonderful people here in this letter. The second reason I am resigning, and will still be a full time prayer item to me, is your character and skills to do your job there. First I want to make it very clear that I think you are a personable person and have a very warm and easily personality to like, when you want to. When it is to your advantage, you can be very likable when it is convenient and you have a goal in mind. At first I was not in your corner. You were Gnostic and I in my studies years ago had remembered what Gnostics entailed. I guess the best definition of Gnostism is being “full of one’s self”. I was afraid that as a Gnostic you would think that intellectualism was the way to God and have no insight into what Jesus Christ taught, which as a faith based organization I think is essential. Chapter 13 of II Corn. God is Love. And if you do not have God you do not have Love. You can have Eros but not agape. But as I got to be around you I was impressed with your enthusiasm and tenacity. Your willingness to listen and discuss the issues and the people and what would and would not work. You indicated to me and others that you had a skill set and experience to do this job. I got on board and gladly promoted you to others. Then you got the job. Within days, you had sucked in all the breathable air at Albany Helping Hands. It was about you and only you. Your plans (even if they were other’s plans) you seemed to get drunk on power and the fact that you were the executive director of Albany Helping Hands. You took all power from the staff, you started manipulating, lying, plotting. Your anger was scary to most and they shined away from telling you. You said a few things to me that started to stir me up inside. You told me that you had studied the scriptures or perhaps you said theology, for twenty years. And yet you didn’t have even a basic understanding of scriptures. You said you had counselled people and yet I saw you making unheard of mistakes with the homeless population in counselling them, giving them harmful advise and information that was not true. I started to question your credibility. It was not anyone else that stirred me up except for yourself and your behaviours. . When you said you and I would be doing counselling together I ask what your degree was in. Did you have a counselling degree? You said no you had skipped that. I assumed that you had gotten your PHD because it is possible to skip your Masters and go to your PHD. You had started telling us that you were bringing in DHS, and Heart, and that this group of people were going to take one person a month and help them. Okay, I hadn’t ever seen them do that but who knows right. So for about a month we waited but they never did anything, and the only thing that was done was you started to rewrite the intake form with me, but any suggestion I had you said no to and you told me that you preferred Ben Atchley’s version. However, it is still my version except the format with the lines around the boxes is Ben Atchley’s and Paul added (his or Ben Atchley ???) any costs the people had. And you wanted to take out if the people had a religious preference. In fact you did state once that Ben Atchley was impressed by our original version, the first one I did. So You took a great version and fancied it up to impress Ben Atchley? Then you wrote the revision dates and times in 11 point font at the bottom. Wrong format. So two things you don’t know how to do forms and how to revise them appropriately (should have let Sandy do it. . . Next you then informed all of us that “the group” had reclassified homeless people so they wouldn’t be helping anyone here. So you didn’t know how the world operates, and you did not anticipate any problems even though we all were warning you. After the month I went to talk to you about not bringing in the others from outside because” the group” was governed by legislative rules and therefore could not do the things you said they were going to do. You then started telling me that there were no other choices because faith-based organizations did not work. And that in fact they were secular. That only the government and outside organizations were the only ones that worked. I thought maybe you had misquoted I ask you don’t you mean that government is secular, and you got mad, you ask me “ are you telling me that you believe that government is secular”? “No”, you said, “only churches are. I said no, churches are not secular and there are lots of successful faith - based organizations out there but not many governmental or secular. This ended in a fight. So we took a break to cool off. But here is where it started to unravel for me. Someone that has studied religion for 20 years and yet doesn’t know the difference between secular and faith-based? Something is wrong. Lying is a character point. Almost every day you are with someone. Almost every day you lie to one of us or lie about one of us. If I am in the room you tell me derogatory things about Tina and Sandy, if they are in the room you tell them about me and Grace. You throw us all under the bus to save yourself. Character point I’ll give a few examples: 1st example, three or four weeks ago I was looking for Dennis Peck because he had been having some problems staying sober and I had been working with him for about 6 months to get him ready to go to treatment and I believed he was ready. I pulled him into my office and talked to him about his drinking, his staying here and treatment and told him that I would help him get into treatment. He told me he didn’t want to be out there alone and that he thought treatment was the only thing that was going to work now. Yes he was ready. It is important to act when they are ready because all addicts have cycles, some are 2 years, some 5 it varies with each person and there is a window of opportunity to help them but if that is screwed up or passed you have to wait to the next leg of their cycle. This was a Thursday. On Tuesday when I came back to work, You called me into the office with Tina and told me that Dennis Peck had gotten drunk Sunday and you had to deal with it. (You had to deal with it, because You had let Dennis back 3 times while he was drinking and Bobby said no you do it, I’m not going to) Anyway You told me that Dennis mentioned he had came to see me and I had blown him off (never in two years have I blown anyone off besides Daniel Bowman (Buddah). And you stated that Dennis was suicidal and you felt I needed classes on the signs of suicide. (I worked a hot line for 2 years, believe me I know the signs of suicide) And in 2 years I have never yet missed a suicide, but it could happen but not because I am not skilled enough. You also told me that he was going to get Dennis into the Salvation Army treatment center. Well that was three weeks ago. Then the story was that you were waiting for Dennis to get the dt’s and then you and Judith would put him in Samaritan Hospital for detox. (I guarantee that won’t happen, I am a friend of the man who is in charge of Special Operations for Samaritan) It costs $14,000 to detox someone and Samaritan will not do it except under very very unusual circumstances. I know because I got Robin Williams in for detox and I know what I had to go through to do it. In the meantime Dennis is going past his cycle time. Anyway I told you I did not think Dennis was a suicidal type because of his independence. You said well you think I’m a strong personality, yes I said, well I had a gun up to my mouth and it wouldn’t go off? Good I said, I was quite angry at the time, you said. Suicide does have signs and being a strong or weak personality has little to do with it. Ability point. If you had been in counselling and, especially A & D like you say, you would also know these things. You also had Dennis Peck (Phil Selph also) (Phil is drinking some again and will relapse as sure as the sun comes up in time) sign an agreement to stay on the property for 7 days to detox on the threat of being kicked out. Ability point. Likewise if a counsellor, you would know that it is kidnapping to insist on anyone staying anywhere. They can stay on their own but we have no right to ask them to. Ability point. Deter means removing a person from any toxic situation allowing them the opportunity to get clean and sober with immediate follow up with 90 meetings in 90 days with a sponsor. We can not detox anyone on this property because we have people who still drink, who talk about drinking and who look for others to drink with. Also you told me that Dennis Peck was just like you and you had got clean for 30 days and you were fine afterwards. I want to disagree with that point. People who quit without treatment end up being dry drunks, they don’t drink they still have something called stinking thinking. And you talk a lot about having a drink. Not something you see in people who have been sober for long periods of time and have gotten their thinking straightened out. Ability point. Dennis Peck or anyone is not just like anyone else. This is a major no go in counselling. Dennis has been clean before and it did not take, Dennis is not just like you or anyone else. Character point. You think you are so right you can’t see far enough to help others, only to spotlight what a wonderful person you are. I believe Tina is right, I don’t think you can say anything but “I”. “We” is not in your vocabulary. With exception: I and Ben Atchley, I and John Donavan, I and ………….. You seem to adhere to it is not what you know but who you know that matters. So there has been one guest I could not get to trust me, Tina takes care of him, Clint Bettleyou sp. And he is doing great with her. Also she has wanted to keep George but not because I can’t she just has a fondness for him. So I felt pretty down the day I left your office about Dennis, I have known Dennis for about 2 years and we always had a very good relationship. But like I said, maybe you would be better for Dennis if I did that bad of a job with him. Later that day I went by Dennis Peck and he said Hi and started talking to me. I brought him into my office to apologize to him. I told him I was sorry for blowing him off. He said where did you hear that? I never said that. I said you didn’t tell Paul I blew you off? He said no, I told him you made me feel very comfortable about going to treatment. I ask Dennis if he was suicidal. He said of course not, he was frustrated but not suicidal. Since I have talked to Dennis again, because your way failed, and he is out for 30 days, although I am sure you saw it as Dennis failed, he again stated that you lied to me and that he knew why, he said he had seen how you wanted all the glory. Next scenario: Bobby, Tina, Dan, Paul and I were in the office and you said and have said on numerous occasions about Chris Grimes “I hate that man; I can’t wait to get rid of him, when can we kick him out. He makes me so mad he uses God to get his way” (the kettle calling the pot black?) You told me specifically to find a way to get rid of him. Told Bobby the same thing. So I guess the other day, you told Dan to tell Chris to go for 6 months. . So Dan did. I guess someone was called and it came back to you. You called Tina and I into the office and asked who told Chris he was out of the Shelter? You did, I said, you did, said Tina. No you said I did not. I talked to Piper later and she told me that you had told her you never intended for Chris to leave that Dan had done that so Piper was mad at Dan. Not the truth. You just threw Dan under the bus; you were so bold as to tell Tina and I we didn’t know what we heard. Character flaw, ability point. You were asking Dan and me to bring you a hit list, people at the shelter that we thought should leave. That was a joke. Only the ones you didn’t like were targeted to go. I have been ask to have a list of people you want to go and find ways to move them on. I would not do this. It is wrong You have systematically reduced Grace’s role, Sandy’s role, my role, Tina’s role and now you’re working on Dan Kress. You are not available because of all your meetings to have a team to be with and lead. You never have time, there needs to be a balance in your life that is missing if you are to learn to do this job effectively. Friday I tried to let you know what I had against you and try to reach an agreement, but you just threatened me with me job. I am not afraid of you firing me at all. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. Then you were livid because Bobby had told me you were going to kick out two women because they had not made their beds but he refused to do that. There is more, much much more, but I have gave a dim and general view of your management style and why people are unable to work with you. I think you are in over your head. I do not believe that your background warrants you doing this job and yes I have done a background check on you and I want you to know that you still have control and anger issues and should not be allowed to work with others depending on you. I don’t know when the Board finds out about you, they are still in the honeymoon stage with you. You work for them and they do not work for you so their certainly is a different perspective. But the Word of God says “be sure your sins will find you out.” It will be disclosed, who you really are Paul. I am not writing you to condemn you, because there is not one of us that haven’t had times in our lives where we were in the wrong and had to do some correction. I am writing this hoping with all my heart that you will find the salvation of Jesus Christ and find that agape Love. I believe that you have inside of you a desire to find the truth. I just believe that you think you are the truth. May God’s Peace, Love and Blessings go with you and may he reach his hand down and bless you with his very presence. I pray that this shelter is protected from the evil of this world so those who are homeless and helpless may find a haven to rebuild and refresh their lives with the Love, Supply and Blessings of the Lord. Diana Starr Guest Services, Case Manager

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My name is Matthew Montpas and, I wrote the review on the front of the web page. This letter was e-mailed to me. Paul lied the resume that he was hired with. He lied in it stating he had home business from 90-94 but was in prison at the time. Much more...

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I lived at Albany Helping Hands Shelter for three years frome 04-07 and was the first person to graduate college from Albany Helping Hands shelter. My name is Matthew Montpas my phone number is 541 670 8774 please contact me before you give any more money to the shelter as Pastor Les Bailey has retired. I have information reguarding the shelter that is very unsettleing to me to say the least. I think you will find it will also make you ill. I graduated at Linn Benton Community College in 2007 with an associate degree of applied science degree in medical assisting. With that said the accountant that worked for Albany Helping hands has resigned after 10 years at the shelter. He did a wonderful job making sure everything was transparent and easy to verify. Now the new Executive Director Paul N Barnes was hired to replace the honarable Pastor Les Bailey and has been put into the helm at Helping Hands. I started looking into Pauls resume and what I found was mis-information, and information that is inaccurate, misleading and just plain lies. He claims to be a minister licensed to marry and counsel people but he bought his license on-line and did not earn it. After finding out that I was researching his back ground he called me on the phone and threatned to have me arrested if I didn't tell him where I got my information. He wanted to shoot the messenger and not in anyway answer to the message. Paul N Barnes instead of answering the questions about his resume instead took my church priveledges away, bible study time away, and all other means of speaking with the guests that stay there at the shelter. Refusing to answer questions about the time spent in prison which he lied in his resume and said he was operating a home based business at the time he was inprisoned and why he lied on his resume. Paul chose to try to discredit me instead. I took this to the board of Helping Hands and was told that they wanted to discuss giving me back my church privledges back and not the resume. I had broken no shelter rules yet he took my privledges anyway. He was trying to silence me. I was told by a membor of the board that if I told them where I got my information that, I would have everything restored. Like I said before I had broken no rules. Pauls background is filled with things like bankruptcy, kidnaping, domestic violence and abuse. He was also sued and his buisness failed over money. The board will not address these issues and I'm putting together first hand testimonies of people who have worked for him and any that have first hand testimony about Mr. Barnes. He is also counseling guests in an anger management class and has no counseling degree. He himself yelled and screamed at me in the last two weeks right in front of his whole staff. This is not a man that should be counseling anyone. Please do not give any more money to the shelter untill your questions reguarding the new Excutive Director have been answered. I'm waiting on a back ground check for Paul N Barnes right now I paid for it myself. I will make it public along with all the testimonies to the local Demacratic Hearold news organization to make this matter public. This is so we can discuss and find out the truth about this man. Many organizations and churches and people in the community deserve to no the truth in this matter. Matthew Montpas I tried to get the board of directors to address this matter three times now and they have declined to do anything about this matter. The president of the board should resign for not dealing with this matter. This is not a compaign. I want this matter to be dicussed in the community and to get the truth and try to get to the bottom of how this could happen in the first place.

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