the moment The Lighthouse is alive and well. It appears
that, unless someone comes up with a better course of
action, the physical plant in East Boston will shut
its doors on December 31. Financially, this makes sense.
Founders Phil and Lauren intended to fund the first
two years of operation out of the proceeds of the sale
of their real estate in Providence. Unfortunately, the
sale did not produce the amount anticipated. Phil and
Lauren have invested heavily in covering all costs (minus
whatever donations have been received to date) amounting
to some $700 per month for rent plus phone, Internet,
Web design, and other operating expenses. It is neither
just nor moral to hold them to any further commitment.
They have already done far more than they were really
able to do.
continue to pay this amount of rent for a property that
has not realized the anticipated attendance from survivors
would be fiscally irresponsible. Donations that have
been raised will continue to fund the cost of maintaining
a telephone, Web site maintenance and associated expenses
so that the Lighthouse can continue to be a resource
and referral service for the survivor community.
has been working with his accountant to provide a detailed
accounting of the income and expenses of the operation.
These will be posted to the Web site as soon as it is
future of the Lighthouse as an institution and its method
of operation properly are the business of the survivor
community for which it was organized. We advocates who
are now serving on the board of directors are only trying
to keep the light burning and to determine what the
survivors would want to see as the future of the program.
will do whatever I can, in accordance with the wishes
of the survivors and the other directors, to ensure
that accounting for the funds is accurate and that the
closure of the East Boston office is handled properly.
Since there are no paid functionaries in the operation,
it is not to be expected that anyone can provide full-time
coverage to these activities. All who are willing to
help are invited and appreciated by the board.
the remainder of this month, it is incumbent to report
on the finances of the corporation and prepare for a
graceful transition to a new modus operandi, whatever
form that may take.
and I am sure that the other directors feel similarly,
would appreciate any input, any ideas, any recommendations,
any alternative solutions that may exist anywhere out
there in the survivor/advocate communities.
a must-read in the Christian Science Monitor,
go to www.csmonitor.com,
click on "Archive" and type in to the Search box "Sexual
Abuse." Go to the 10/23/03 article by Mary Wiltenburg,
"Sensitive task of putting a price tag on sexual abuse."
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