Vegas non-profit New Leaf Community recently announced that he was going to dissolve his organization. The reason for this choice was the misconduct of one of its founders, Joseph Lankowski. Ironically, I wrote about this same man last month in an article highlighting the mistreatment of the organization by Nevada officials. But now it turns out that could have been bad karma for Lankowski. Unfortunately, this karma has landed on our city’s homeless population.
New Leaf Community started in July 2020 and was entirely donation-based. According to lvrj.com, the Las Vegas-based nonprofit obtained the proper 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, but still operated as a “small business organization.” community support”. They used community donations to build tiny shelters for homeless citizens. The shelters were 100 square feet in size and provided each resident with a safe place to sleep and lock up their belongings during the day. This work will stop immediately and the organization has not said whether it will resume in the future.
As reported by lvrj.com, he was co-founder Robert Majors who discovered the misconduct of Lankowski. $36,000 is reported to have gone missing in the past 10 months, and Lankowski lost most of it playing in a casino. Lankowski, who suffers from substance abuse disorder and other addictions, sent an apology for his behavior.
“Words cannot describe how much I regret taking funds that have been so generously shared by such caring and hardworking members of our community. These donations were made because they believed in the work we were doing as a collective. I pray that my betrayal of the goodwill of these people will not deter people from continuing to help our city’s most vulnerable members in the future. (lvrj.com)
Lankowski plans to repay the missing funds when he can and said he is undergoing treatment for his drug addiction.
““I hope one day people can forgive me for all the hurt and pain I have caused so many people, but I understand that for some that day may never come” Lankowski wrote. “Anyway, I hope to make amends as much as I can with whatever I’ve hurt and I’m now going to focus on that process of accountability.” (lvrj.com)
New Leaf Community did not say whether or not he will pursue criminal charges.
–Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas
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