More fallout for Jubilee House - state wants records

March 8, 2012 7:29:45 AM PST
Jubilee House director Barbara Marshall has until Friday to hand over financial documents to the state.

Marshall is the founder and director of Steps & Stages, which is a nonprofit organization that helps homeless female veterans.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, the state is also requesting Marshall turn over an application for a license she is required to have to seek donations.

Her charity received tens of thousands of dollars in donations after it was featured on the ABC program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" last fall. It even got the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama, who came to Fayetteville to see the new Jubilee House.

Marshall's operation of her charity had recently drawn criticism after several women said they were kicked out of the house and that no veterans were living in the home. Neighbors also said they saw Marshall turn away countless homeless people.

However, Marshall told her advisory board -- consists of about 10 volunteers, including three homeless female veterans -- last month that scores of homeless veterans use the facility weekly to take showers, use computers and other services to help them get on their feet.

Doris McDaniel came to Marshall's defense and said that she was a Jubilee House success story.

"They gave me furniture. They gave me food," said McDaniel. "They gave me transportation. It was just a blessing to be here."

Marshall has stressed that the 7,200 square foot Jubilee House can house no more than the small home that used to occupy the property before the Extreme Makeover house was built. She said the building has always been a transitional place for homeless female veterans and not a permanent shelter for the homeless.

Marshall also said last month that the allegations that she and her son are living alone in the house were not true. At the time, she said there were two female vets -- one with a child -- living in the home.

Several women also said they were kicked out. Marshall said it's because they violated rules or because one woman had a baby. The home's insurance policy does not cover infants.

She said if she's guilty of anything, it's having a heart bigger than her pocketbook.

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