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March 23, 2014

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Surely the United Way owes our community this. They have made it very clear that accountability is of the utmost importance at the United Way.

I think the United Way needs to give them the exact standards they need to abide by. After talking with the Mental Health Association, I believe they have done everything that has been asked. The organization told me they called and talked with people every step of the way and were told everything was in order.

Even up to a few days before the allocations committee met with the Mental Health presenters, they were told all was well. After their presentation, they were told they did a great job. Just what happened after that, where the decision was unfavorable, they do not know. Rumor has it that the consultant that worked with the organization was brought in to discuss her beliefs on what was wrong with programming at the Mental Health Association. The people I have spoken with want a complete summary of why the Mental Health was dropped by the United Way.

It seems to me with all of the media reports of trouble with people who have mental illness we as a community, i.e. United Way, should do all we can to help these people. Our government has turned its back on many of these people. Now it seems that the United Way is doing the same. God made each of us in his own image. We are here to help each other. The love that is given to these people at our Mental Health Association cannot be duplicated by any other organizations in the community. The people that made this decision might be the very ones that need help in the future.

Ruby Parker

Logansport

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