The scramble is on to save a non-profit group in Davenport whose reputation for helping youth is paying off at its most desperate time.
United Neighbors has had a difficult year — from firing its long-time executive director and other staffers to having board members walk away and state funding pulled. Allegations of financial mismanagement have mingled with employee lawsuits and incident after incident of failing to comply with long-established rules for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money.
With lawsuits by four former employees pending, the new executive director and board president are fighting for United Neighbors' future, believing as they do in its core mission of helping the community, especially its children.
But it is United Neighbors' past successes, not its current troubles, that motivates those who are working hard to save it.
Reporter Devan Patel takes an in-depth look at the problems and the people trying to solve them in this week's Big Story, beginning on B1.