Jubilee House advisory board meets with director

February 28, 2012 8:01:43 PM PST
After a meeting with Jubilee House director Barbara Marshall, some board members feel reassured.

Marshall met with her advisory board for about two hours Tuesday afternoon. The board consists of about ten volunteers, including three homeless female veterans.

One board member who spoke to ABC11 said she felt better after the meeting.

"All of my concerns were addressed. I feel like there's not anything shady going on," said Rebekah Sanderlin. "If anything, my respect for Dr. Marshall has grown. She really is financing this with her own money."

Accusations surfaced earlier this week that no veterans are living in the home. Neighbors said they saw Marshall turning away countless homeless people.

However, Marshall said scores of homeless veterans use the facility weekly to take showers, use computers and other services to help them get on their feet.

Jubilee House became famous across the country when it was featured in the ABC program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" last fall.

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

"I think probably the greatest suggestion that I heard today is for me to take advantage of this wonderful group of partners we have in this community," said Marshall, who said she's already heard from some organizations that are willing to help.

Marshall said the allegations that she and her son are living alone in the house are not true. Right now, she said there are 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.

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

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