Bangor: Ofelia's sued over loan repayment disagreement

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“We have no problem making $350-a-month payments”

By Judy Harrison Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - Bangor Daily News An elderly Bangor man has sued Ofelia's Community Resource Center, its director and two others in Penobscot County Superior Court alleging that ... via Bangor Daily News

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Frank P

Thomaston, ME

#1 Feb 12, 2008
This was to happen sooner or later. These people are making their living by taking the best of your donations, meant for the needy, reselling them and using the cash to fund dinners, wine, personal autombiles, jewelry, clothing, computer equipment and their "art lifestyle". They will take advantage of anyone they think they can swindle or use until the public figures out what they are doing, then, they move to another state to set up shop again. They were somewhere else doing this before they came to Maine, they will leave Maine and do it all over again. I'd wager that this person suing them is just one of many who would love to recoup money, time and/or care they have wasted on this "community resource center".
digger

Morrisville, VT

#2 Feb 12, 2008
Ofelia's is viewed as a club of sorts for young people who want to meet other young people and generally "do good" for the community.
Shannon

Auburn, ME

#3 Mar 29, 2008
yeah, these guys are full of dookie. and i've been pretty concerned about underage sexual crap i've been hearing about, especially since they get a lot of their volunteers from a local teen shelter!
Concerned too

Weirton, WV

#5 Jun 6, 2008
What is his real name?
Shannon

Seal Cove, ME

#6 Jul 3, 2008
do tell...people should speak up about this stuff man. these guys can just set up shop anywhere they want it seems, it's amazing the stuff going on.. and they have little girlz!
the truth

Gardiner, ME

#7 Jul 10, 2008
Concerned too wrote:
What is his real name?
Harold is his real name and he also gets disability and never even has to buy food because they get it all free from the town!!!
the truth

Gardiner, ME

#8 Jul 10, 2008
Shannon wrote:
do tell...people should speak up about this stuff man. these guys can just set up shop anywhere they want it seems, it's amazing the stuff going on.. and they have little girlz!
we tried to go to a lawyer but he told us that without proof we couldnt do much about it, but these guys are so stupid they actually even make videos of their sex tapes after they get kids drunk and take advantage of them so I'm sure someday they will get caught before more people get hurt I PRAY.
Confused

Reno, NV

#10 Jul 30, 2008
concerned wrote:
I not for a fact that Sergio begs 14 year old boys to let him perform oral sex on them. They like needy people so they can take advantage of them. They do use the town and were in trouble for a lot of things in the past, Blake is not even his real name!!!
Where did you get that idea of Sergio? Call me blonde, but I am pretty confused.
Disgusted

Bangor, ME

#11 Oct 17, 2008
Having worked with Sergio, and others who volunteer for Ofelia's thrift shop, and having seen the food distributed from the food cupboards supported by Ofelia's, these allegations are repulsive and libelous. If you have proof of sexual misconduct or misappropriation of funds, take it to court; if not, stop defaming an organization that provides thousands of pounds of food a day to those in need. Sergio has invested most of his savings to keep Ofelia's going while the City bounces its store from location to location, and most of his other employees - over 18 - still live with their parents because they volunteer their time. If that's your idea of extravagence, "the art lifestyle," then you are all in serious need of help.
Jolenes mommy

Bar Mills, ME

#12 Oct 17, 2008
Im not really sure who the people are who are entering these posts but I have been with Blake and Sergio since they first started. If you want to know where they were before arriving in Maine-and Blake's disability-he was in Landstahl Germany recovering from Combat injuries in Desert Storm before being transfered back to Arizona where he was discharged. Blake grew up a few miles from my late husband's home town and is the same age as my daughter who also was in the military-my grandson was born in Landstahl while Blake was recovering. If you really are associated with Ofelia's you know who I am. If you dont know Jolene-you dont know Ofelia's or the 60-70-80 hour work weeks these guys have been doing for 5 long years to make sure rural Maine families have food, warm clothing, transportation etc. I also know the man who filed the law suit and know that it is retaliation because he wanted to be the center of attention after he placed his wife in an assisted living center and he had no one to pretend he was the next best thing to sliced bread. When we had to tell him he was disruptive and we would prefer that he didnt volunteer he filed this law suit. These postings are really cowardly-the reason that they have not been arrested or charged or anything is because there is not basis in fact to most of the sorry stories. I also know the "19 somethings" who needed a place to crash after parents got frustrated with adult children who refused to grow up and Blake and Sergio offered them a roof over their head, clothes, food etc all they asked in return was a decent amount of time spent in community service volunteering and these kids still laid around in bed until noon or once in the store went to the back and spent hours drinking coffee and smoking. Then when told they either had to volunteer or pay rent they get mad!?!?Check your facts, consider your sources and before spreading this defamation, consider that someone like me i.e. probably old enough to be your grandmother, might be inclined to believe this crap and our area would be worse off without them. If you must pick on someone-consider Bill Rae at Manna earns the first $60,000 plus that is donated to Manna right off the top as a salary, and Brenda at Crossroads ministry got a grant from the King Foundation to pay her salary.EVERYONE at Ofelia'a was a volunteer-no one,including the directors got one penny of salary!Most of us wouldnt even take gas money.
If they hadnt ended up in Hampden and gas wasnt so high from LaGrange, I'd still be volunteering and they know all they have to do is call.
tellingitlikeiti s

Bangor, ME

#13 Oct 27, 2008
i "volunteered" with sergio and blake long enough to see BOTH of them hit on numerous boys/teeanagers...sorry jolenes mommy, your age is just a non-sequitor that has nothing to do with the irrefutable fact that i and numerous friends of mine saw these things happening, the list too graphic and disgusting to get into here. i back my claims up with the truth. that's why i'm here. i've seen it- stuff too uncomfortable to talk about and it's definately NOT someplace i would send young vunerable people, especially boys to "volunteer". BTW, not ONE but TWO of my friends that just happen to be male have been victimized by harold/blake's sexual advances. facts checked jolene's mommy.
there's an old saying:
THE TRUTH HURTS
almustafa

Quezon, Philippines

#14 Oct 29, 2008
Seems some of you Maine people are running blind through the forest. That was a nice story told by a couple of the posters about this "Blake" character, but without definitive evidence and proof, perponderance of the law cannot kick-in and put these people away. If this Ofelia's place is being used as a "front", then how come with so many complaints, the police detectives are not investigating...and then, maybe they are already engaged in such an investigation. No matter, an investigation of physical proof is underway at this time, I'll bet. By the way, ANY place that has a confluence of young boys and girls entering and exiting their doors for whatever reason it may be, should hold ordinary and frequent investigations just to keep everybody straight. Whether this "Blake" character has been in Iraq, suffered wounds, was in Germany, discharged in Arizona, is only a smoke screen to deflect the possible and alleged truthfulness of his underlying character; plus the woman who thought so much of him may not want to be so "open" in her character, once the truth be known. Best to back-off, shut up, if you are this close to live bombs! Let the cops do their work.
Disgusted

Bangor, ME

#15 Nov 4, 2008
It's nice to know that ignorant, childish, and retaliatory behavior is reinforced by all of you. I am not the grandmotherish woman - I am a late 20s something person - and have never seen any impropriety on anyone's part at Ofelia's. As a matter of fact, Sergio and Blake have been taken advantage of a number of times (no, not sexually), but because they were willing to take in troubled youths who were otherwise living on the streets. One such young man was kicked out of his home by his mother, went to the Shaw House, which his mother promptly sued for abusing her child, and then went to Ofelia's, which his mother also sued for abusing her son. This woman has filed over 15 suits against various people and organizations, and has been labeled as crazy in her own right. If people want to call that abuse, that's equally frivolous and abusive behavior. Sergio has donated personal items (jewelry, etc.), only to have them stolen and sold on eBay by former staff members. I suspect most of the people who disparage Sergio and Blake are either retaliating, or just contributing garbage. Try getting the facts straight first before you start declaring sexual misconduct. As a post script, Ofelia's is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. They don't just give that status to social clubs, they actually investigate the organizations before granting it.
truth

Grafton, NH

#16 Nov 11, 2008
i've SEEN with my EYES, sergio and blake being sexual with teen aged boys. wow. how much further do i need to get my facts straight?
Disgusted

Bangor, ME

#17 Nov 14, 2008
Prove it. Physical, verifiable, proof.
truth

Grafton, NH

#18 Nov 16, 2008
get a conscience and a clue, seriously,
- it's o.k.
i have MANY other EYES on my side:)
Disgusted

Bangor, ME

#19 Nov 17, 2008
This discussion is pointless. Your so-called many eyes and your many mouths have spouted a lot of vitriol but have proven nothing. Sorry, but I'm not willing to take your word for it. You have done nothing to inspire trust in me for you, nor have you supported your allegations with anything other than snide comments that I develop a conscience. I have a conscience. A fully developed one. I also have a sense of justice, and I will not apologize for needing empirical evidence, or for refusing to take you at your word. I don't know you. I know Sergio. You and your many eyes can go vent and stay away from Sergio and Blake. I'm sure you will be much happier for it. I'm sure they will be as well. But the people who don't receive food from the food cupboard this year, particularly when there is such a great need, may be less than happy. If a conscience is so important to you, perhaps you should issue an apology, or start running a food cupboard out of your car as compensation. Then you'll prove to me that you have a conscience. Sergio doesn't need me to defend him - it only validates your remarks to continue, what might be loosely termed, a discussion with you. So I have nothing left to say, and no intention of bothering to check back on your remarks. Whine and complain amongst yourselves.

Since: Mar 08

bradley, me

#20 Nov 23, 2008
I figure where there is smoke there is fire. Personally I am not famaliar with the place, but what I can't understand is why all the folks that have seen these horrible activities take place have not done something about it..
tellingitlikeitis wrote:
i "volunteered" with sergio and blake long enough to see BOTH of them hit on numerous boys/teeanagers...sorry jolenes mommy, your age is just a non-sequitor that has nothing to do with the irrefutable fact that i and numerous friends of mine saw these things happening, the list too graphic and disgusting to get into here. i back my claims up with the truth. that's why i'm here. i've seen it- stuff too uncomfortable to talk about and it's definately NOT someplace i would send young vunerable people, especially boys to "volunteer". BTW, not ONE but TWO of my friends that just happen to be male have been victimized by harold/blake's sexual advances. facts checked jolene's mommy.
there's an old saying:
THE TRUTH HURTS

Since: Mar 08

bradley, me

#21 Nov 23, 2008
Maineres are very niave.
almustafa wrote:
Seems some of you Maine people are running blind through the forest. That was a nice story told by a couple of the posters about this "Blake" character, but without definitive evidence and proof, perponderance of the law cannot kick-in and put these people away. If this Ofelia's place is being used as a "front", then how come with so many complaints, the police detectives are not investigating...and then, maybe they are already engaged in such an investigation. No matter, an investigation of physical proof is underway at this time, I'll bet. By the way, ANY place that has a confluence of young boys and girls entering and exiting their doors for whatever reason it may be, should hold ordinary and frequent investigations just to keep everybody straight. Whether this "Blake" character has been in Iraq, suffered wounds, was in Germany, discharged in Arizona, is only a smoke screen to deflect the possible and alleged truthfulness of his underlying character; plus the woman who thought so much of him may not want to be so "open" in her character, once the truth be known. Best to back-off, shut up, if you are this close to live bombs! Let the cops do their work.

Since: Mar 08

bradley, me

#22 Nov 23, 2008
did you enjoy watching?
truth wrote:
i've SEEN with my EYES, sergio and blake being sexual with teen aged boys. wow. how much further do i need to get my facts straight?

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