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Review for Riverside Hospice Inc, Riverside, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Organization closed spring of 2013. I as president of Riverside Hospice along with 5 board members resigned April 2012 after discovery of misuse of funds and violation of mission statement as well as my name being forged to a 990 that myself nor any board member had ever seen. Funds were falsified on the 990.

Riverside Hospice has been closed for almost two years.

On 1-1-2015. Myself and another ex board member were told that the executive director, Rita Best had placed many expensive furniture items on consignment to a store in a neighboring city. Redlands Ca.
We went there and found several high end furniture pieces for sale with tags marked. "hospice". The owner, David said that they had had many items from "hospice" on consignment in the previous two years and that several people representing themselves as "Riverside Hospice" had presented themselves along with the exec director, Rita Best who also presented herself as "HOSPICE". The consignment donations were made to "hospice" by a doctor, who I am sure thought he was giving property that he would be able to take as a tax deduction, having given to what he thought was a donations to a not for profit. This donation and placement on consignment occurred at the time the riverside Police department had been told that the organization was closed.

The most recent continuation ,of what seems to be sale of items for personal gain, was discovered two days ago. A police report is being made. There are eye witnesses to the storage of these donated items and stated intent to take to said items to "auction or consignment" after the organization closed. There are witnesses to the fact that several rooms of furniture was taken for consignment. On our visit 1-1-15. We photographed sales tags on about 8 items with a total recently reduced sale price of 6,800.00. One set of executive office furniture contained a tag noting that this set retailed for 18K. I believe that the IRS would be interested in the whereabouts of these assets as we are told by a Riverside Hospice ex store manager that the IRS is still questioning the executive director. I am convinced that diversion of assets and personal gain has gone on since the closing of the organization and continues to this day.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Riverside Hospice Inc, Riverside, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Where are the 990 files for 2012. This organization has closed the doors of the thrift shop. There was no notice to the community of their closing or of the distribution of cash or goods remaining. How can a not for profit close the doors and take the money and not report what has happened. The community deserves the facts. The Feds and the AG need to question where the money and goods went. The Community needs to beware of continued efforts to raise money using the name Riverside Hospice and Bereavement Center and Companion Connection. To solicit funds and profit personally from those efforts is a fraud on the public. This fraud was pronounced to be the case by Commissioner Pam Thatcher in official court documents where she stated to call oneself a Hospice and not be a hospice for the purposes of fund raising was "despicable". The Executive Director, who took it upon herself to hid financials from the board of directors and to forge the president of the organization's name on a 990, which she never once showed to the board. (the 990"s) has a set of behaviors that must be reviewed and stopped. March 2014. One year later the 990 has not been filed and the community has not been informed as to the whereabouts of the cash and assets that should have been made a part of the public record upon closing of this deceptive organization. The Exec. Director and the Past President, still have made no attempt for a public accounting of anything. They just asked us to go away and forget about Riverside Hospice. This is a tragedy.
April 2014. Still no accounting to the public. Agency closed. Thrift store goods unaccounted for. NO official notice of close down of "non profit agency". Funds are unaccounted for and 990 not filed since 2011.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have an investigation of the solicitation of goods that the Exec Director never intended to be used for the stated mission of the organization. I would have the Executive Director repay the community for the personal gain she enjoyed. I would ask the Exec Director to repay the checks she wrote to herself as a bonus ( signing both her name and the name of the treasurer in secrecy) when the organization was loosing money. I would ask the Executive Director to do community service for retribution

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Riverside Hospice Inc, Riverside, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Doors of the Riverside Hospice Thrift Store have been closed for six months. The president Lorrie Cadena, states that everyone should just go away and not bother the executive director or herself who have not to date filed he 2012 taxes...or made a statement as to what they did with the assets that were in the bank and/or the donations that were in the store when they loaded up their personal cars and drove away. The community has not been notified in any way as to where the donations and support offered to them was "relocated." If there is income still going to those who orchestrated this fiasco, SHAME on YOU. You took money, pretended to give services, kept secrets from the last board of directors and still conducted fund raising while the exec director, Rita Best and President Lorrie Cadena testified in court that the board of directors was never shown the 990 and that it was not needed.? As past president I asked to see the financials repeatedly and they were always being "reworked" due to computer errors or other lame excuses. This is not over. The community deserves an answer as to where their donations went. The community needs to know if in fact they were giving money and taking valid donations from a legit non profit ..... which I and other past board members who resigned with me, now believe to have been nothing more than a "thrift store operating as a front for a non profit"

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a full investigation by those who are not afraid of politics.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Riverside Hospice Inc, Riverside, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Riverside Hospice "Thrift Store" which was the fundraising arm of this organization has closed its doors a couple of months ago. THERE IS NO NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE DISOLVING OF THIS ORGANIZATION. THERE IS NO NOTICE TO THE PAST DONORS AS TO HOW THE ASSETS WERE DISTRIBUTED. SO FAR THERE IS NO POSTING OF THEIR 990 COVERING THE LAST YEAR OF OPERATION. A COURT COMMISSIONER FOUND THIS 'THRIFT STORE' TO BE THAT AND NOTHING MORE. THE NOT FOR PROFIT STATEMENTS WERE MANIPULATED BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF THE BOARD. THE 990'S WERE SUBMITTED UNDER HER SIGNATURE WITHOUT BOARD REVIEW OR APPROVAL. 5 DAYS OF COURT TESTIMONY REVEALS HER TESTIMONY AS TO HAVING MADE THESE DECISIONS ON HER OWN WITHOUT DISCUSSION WITH THE BOARD. THE PROCESS FOR DISOLVING A NON PROFIT SHOWS NO EVIDENCE OF BEING ADHEARED TO. ONCE AGAIN THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MAKES DECISIONS WITHOUT PENALTY. ONCE AGAIN THE PUBLIC HAS NOT BEEN INFORMED AS TO WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR DONATIONS TO THIS ORGANIZATION WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS. IRS/ATTORNEY GENERAL/SECRETARY OF STATE.....PLEASE INVESTIGATE. AFTER DISCOVERY OF THE FORGERY OF MY NAME AS PRESIDENT ON A 990 WHICH MYSELF AND THE BOARD KNEW NOTHING ABOUT, WE REPORTED THIS TO EVERY AGENCY ASSOCIATED WITH NON PROFITS. THE ORGANIZATION WAS TURNED OVER TO ECONOMIC CRIME OFFICERS IN THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPT. WHO SENT THEIR FIRST EVALUATION ON TO THE AG AS
EMBEZZLEMENT. UPON DISCOVERY OF ADDITIONAL MISDEADS WHICH INCLUDED THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SIGNING TWO SIGNATURE CHECKS USING HER NAME AND "DUPLICATING" THE SIGNATURE "STYLE" OF THE TREASURER, THE ECONOMIC CRIME INVESTIGATOR STATED HE COULD DO NOTHING ABOUT THE CHECKS AS THEY EXISTED ONLY AS COPIES? EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEFENDED THIS PRACTICE, (WHICH INCLUDED GIVING HERSELF A CHRISTMAS BONUS BY SIGNING BOTH SIGNATURES) AS USUAL PRACTICE FOR HER WITH PERMISSION TO SIGN AS HER DEFENSE. BIG PROBLEM, NO ONE KNEW THIS PRACTICE AND SHE DID NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO "SPEND". THIS IS AN INSULT ON OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. PAST BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS INCLUDE TWO JUDGES. ONE A FEDERAL JUDGE. I AM SURE MANY WANT THE ORGANIZATION TO GO QUIETLY WITHOUT COMMENT OR HOLDING RESPONSIBLE THOSE WHO MISS SPENT FUNDS OR WHO USED THE NAME HOSPICE. WHEN IN FACT NO HOSPICE CARE WAS PROVIDED BY THIS ORGANIZATION AS INCORPORATED. I AND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, WHO RESIGNED, REMAIN AMAZED THAT THIS ORGANIZATION HAS NOT BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ACTS OF DECEPTION, OMISSION AND SECRECY. THERE HAS BEEN NO ACCOUNTING. THE PUBLIC DESERVES TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR DONATIONS OF CASH AND GOODS. THE RULES OF DISOLVING A NON PROFIT NEED TO BE HONORED.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

FULL TRANSPARENCY WOULD HAVE BEEN IN PLACE. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SECRECY THAT SHE EMPLOYED. THE POLICE REPORTS ON FILE WITH THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT DESCRIBING HER PERSONAL GAIN FROM DONATIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED. AS AN EX BOARD MEMBER AND EX PRESIDENT, I WOULD HAVE LED THE BOARD TO RESTRUCTURE THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION AND/OR TURN THE ASSETS OVER TO ANOTHER LEGITIMATE NON PROFIT HAD I KNOW THE DECEPTION BEING PLAYED ON THE PUBLIC.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Riverside Hospice Inc, Riverside, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

The thrift store remains open. The new manager has an online Cars4Charities web sight. The fraud continues. There is no non profit activity to warrant donations. Money collected pays salaries and there has been a documented loss of funds from the beginning. One must ask...WHERE did the money go.
4.23.2013 Riverside HOSPICE IS CLOSED...NO LONGER IS THE COMMUNITY...BEING FRAUDED.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer