Not news: Ted Haggard is still making $138,000 this year courtesy of his settlement with New Life Church. The house he still owns in Colorado Springs is estimated to be worth $715,051.
News: He wants more.
Ted Haggard his moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona since the sex scandal.
According to a letter he sent to reporter Tak Landrock of station KRDO in Colorado Springs, he could use financial help:
Gayle and I, along with Alex (16) and Elliott (14) have decided to move into the Phoenix Dream Center on October 1st. The Phoenix Dream Center is a half-way house for the homeless, those coming out of prison, recovering alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes, and other broken people. I identify.
The building is sponsored by Phoenix First Assembly, our new church home, but the workers are volunteers. The Dream Center also houses a church called “The Church on the Street.” I met the pastor and he asked me if I would be willing to counsel some of the men and to teach the group from time to time. The woman directing the ministry to women invited Gayle to teach and minister to the women.
It looks as though it will take two years for us to have adequate earning power again, so we are looking for people who will help us monthly for two years. During that time we will continue as full time students, and then, when I graduate, we won’t need outside support any longer.
The supporters would need to write their check to “Families With A Mission” and put a separate note on it that it is for the Haggard family, then Families With a Mission will mail us 90% of the funds for support and use 10% for administrative costs.
…Any help we can get with this will be greatly appreciated and, I believe, rewarded in heaven.
Dan Savage, though, points out this piece of information:
… local attorney and Slog reader Dave Coffman located documents on file with the Colorado Secretary of State (PDF) that showed Families With a Mission “voluntarily dissolved” on February 23, 2007.
Hm. Weird—who knew you could get a tax deduction from dissolved charity?
Savage adds that there is only one named connected to that organization: Paul Huberty. What did Coffman find out about him?
He was convicted of having sex with his 17-year-old ward (PDF). When he moved to Hawaii, he was a registered sex offender (PDF). In Colorado, he’s not registered as one, which he is by law required to do. More info on all that is here.
(via Pam’s House Blend)
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