Yahweh Center intends to stay open through bankruptcy reorganization

Yahweh Center intends to stay open through bankruptcy reorganization
The NC Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Bureau is investigating a wage payment complaint against the Yahweh Center, bureau officials confirmed Thursday.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Yahweh Center Children's Village has more than $2.4 million in liabilities, according to paperwork filed recently in US Bankruptcy Court.

The charitable organization is working through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Chapter 11 typically involves a restructuring of the organization, while staying open.

In a statement on the Yahweh Center website, leaders say the organization is not closing by Aug. 31, which was previously reported by this news organization. The website indicates that was inaccurate reporting.

An official from Trillium Health Resources said six children were affected and the department has already found new placements for them.

Our expenses and liabilities have substantially multiplied as state and federal regulations have dramatically increased in recent years. This has made operating costs increasingly burdensome. These regulations have resulted in growing expenditures without the necessary reimbursement for the professional services we provide. Our expenses have become so great that they are weighing us down past the point where we can financially operate. Therefore, we are faced with the reality, like many other similar organizations, that we cannot continue to fiscally operate in such an environment.

The center, which has served abused or neglected children since 1988, has been battling financial problems for years. The paperwork filed in the Eastern District sheds some light on the money owed by the group.

The biggest claim is from the IRS with more than $1 million in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest. Modular Solutions, Inc., is owed nearly $28,000 for a building and installation.  Other creditors making claims include O'Brien Service Co, First Insurance Funding and Carolina Complete Psychiatry..Several individuals are also listed as making claims ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

In its bankruptcy filing, Yahweh lists just under $1.9 million in assets.

While working through the reorganization plan, an attorney for Yahweh filed paperwork Tuesday requesting that Founder and Executive Director Carla Roberts remain employed by the facility at a gross weekly salary of $1,352.02.

Our hope is to keep our campus open as we transition our property with a minimal team, including volunteers, as we prepare our ministry to be sold. Our hope is that many of our valuable employees will be hired by the organization that God brings to purchase our ministry. Please pray with us that this is God's plan. Pray for our team to be sustained during this trying transition. We are thankful for the continual support of this community as the Yahweh Center looks expectantly to the Lord. Our ministry, as it is currently, is finishing our race but we want to finish joyfully and to God's glory.

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