Another unethical relationship in Cedar Rapids – by Lisa Kuzela

Another C.R. Unethical Relationship!
by Lisa Kuzela on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 9:05pm

Matthew 25 received January 2011 thru June 2011 from Greater CR Community Foundation (GCRCF) the following grants.

Background: Matthew 25 is a “faith-based” non profit organized by brothers, Clint Twedt-Ball and Courtney Ball. At the time of the flood, Clint’s wife, Karla was vice president over grants for the GCRCF. When President (CEO), Dan Baldwin left, she became the interim president until the current CEO, Les Garner, retired from being president of Cornell College and took that position. After that, Karla was the vice president. However, sometime since, they changed her title back to vice president over grants and programs. Also, Courtney’s wife is an accountant at the GCRCF. Matthew 25 has received an abundance of flood fund monies, as well as other funds, since the flood.

Matthew 25 had an office and tool-lending library at the Linn County Corridor Recovery Center. (They have also received nearly $100,000 for their tool-lending library.) They worked with the Methodist volunteers and had a huge say in who got the volunteer help to rehab and who did not.

Matthew 25 partnered with Affordable Housing Network, Inc. (Jim Ernt’s non profit hired to allocate residential Jumpstart) to form Block by Block. AHNI had control over the financial ability for us to rehab.

Now, the city is giving the partnership of these two groups our properties after our Federal dollars are spent by the city to buy them. So far, Block by Block has been approved, or are in the process of being approved, 73 properties.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the GCRCF to ensure that any grant proposals are feasible. It has come to light that GCRCF has been funding a project (Cultivate Hope) that violated our city ordinance. The GCRCF also gave Matthew 25 $15,000 in 2010 for this same project.

Community Fund

$12,000 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Cultivate Hope (Renewal)

Organizational Development Fund

$5,000 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Matthew 25 Database Implementation

Flood 2008 Fund

$48,502 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Basic Needs Assistance, Youth Development, and Neighborhood Advocacy

$13,962 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Basic Needs Assistance, Youth Development, and Neighborhood Advocacy


$1,500 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Groundswell Youth Courses

From the six month period of January 2011 thru June 2011, Matthew 25 received a total of $80,964. This is JUST from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.


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28 responses to “Another unethical relationship in Cedar Rapids – by Lisa Kuzela

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    If you haven’t already seen it: HUD OIG is here (And, I have already met with them)

    In early Jan. 2012 I caught an Electrician placing an A/C Line Listening Transmitter on a wire to my bedroom wall heater. I decided enough was enough and it only took 2 months to pull this off . This Audit was approved by Washington, D.C. Senior Analyst at HUD.

    The City & Gazette are lying that this a routine audit. This audit is based solely on several credible complaints filed with HUD.

    1 Have copies of those complaints and supporting documents. I have the HUD responses, The HUD message on my voice mail (Would you like to here it ?)

    I tried to get others back in 2011 to believe that it was possible to kill the cancer that controls City Hall and what did I get. Harassed, my name trashed by so many people on FB and mostly by Kris.

    I am the only one that could of pulled this off and I am willing to risk my life for the people of Cedar Rapids. This is only the start of many Audits and FBI Involvement.

    All I ask is if people are not going to come forward and talk to the 2 HUD OIG Auditors (which can be arranged) here in Cedar Rapids, will they at least please take the time and report Flood Recovery Fraud by city and Non-Profits to HUD at:

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    Call our toll-free 1-800 number in order to speak to one of our analysts and submit your complaint regarding fraud, serious waste, abuse, and gross mismanagement.


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  • James Armstrong

    One Correction to my previous post:

    $19 Million is the cost for the Old Former Courthouse = New City Hall that is not going to be owned or managed by the City.

    This has to be the “BIGGEST FRAUD” in Cedar Rapids history.

    The scheme is right here in a Gazette Article :

    $800 Million has come and gone since 2008 flood. Look what they have done to Time-Check so they can build condos and a river walk with their developer buddies.

    When are we going to stop them ?

  • James Armstrong


    Will you contact Don Karr and ask him what “specific funds” are being used to Build the $10 Million Parking Ramp for the new Federal Courthouse on 7th Ave and 3rd St SW ?

    It seems that the City of Cedar Rapids signed a contract to get the old federal courthouse. THe “CITY” agreed to build a new parking ramp in exhange for the former federal courthouse.

    Do you see why the Renovations are $10 Million for the former federal courthouse and why they have placed it under Courthouse II LLC’s ???

    Its called FRAUD. This alone, if exposed to the general public, should be enough to Stop the L.O.S.T. extension.

    I suggest calling the U.S. Attornies office as well as the city did not get citizen approval to buy the Former Courthouse for $10 Million, therefore, the contract to build the parking ramp for the NEW Federal Courthouse was done fraudulently and the U.S. Attorney’s office is the only one that stop it.

  • James Armstrong

    Is this legal or unethical ?

    City Spending $10,000.00 on the High School Soccer ? I don’t thing so !

    CR Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 0000002434 Hotel-Motel Tax 00460097 AM12-1818 2011-11-30 IA Girls HS State Volleyball 1 10,000.00

    Source: City Expenditures for 12/20/2011 Page 9

    If this was not in the budget or approved by a City Council Resolution and budget update hearing then its ILLEGAL but, this is just 1 of 100’s of example crimes committed by the City Council.

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    so he is getting sentenced on nov 20. odds are he will be going to jail, which he deserves to. i have lost all respect for antwon. he broke the law, and did a horrible thing. so yeah i agree they should just get rid of him now, and not wait till november.

  • Anonymous

    Why not put the City Documents here that gave $600,000.00 to the Chamber of Commerce (2011-2015). Not only is this favortism it was done “COMPLETELY ILLEGAL”. Look at the Agenda and then the Minutes. You will never see Any money amount making it a violation of the Open Meeting Act and they are misdemenors that could be used to “REMOVE ALL COUNCILORS FROM OFFICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is a link to the Coucil Packet: (19.8 MB File)




    Monica Vernon Gave this to the Chamber (So maybe CRSMELLS.ORG can put this on their main page under Monica and slap her really hard, figurative speaking only.

    Scroll down to Item 35j and if this does not piss you off; enjoy your higher property taxes as you support the Chamber and fund 100% their Priority One Development wing of the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Anonymous

    Lisa, You need to clarifiy a couple things in your article as the facts are misleading as in “Regulatory Compliance” under state and federal law.

    1. Before the City council can give away these properties to a “non-profit” they must first create and sign a Chapter 28E Agreement. (Iowa Code Chapter 28.E) .

    2. The GCRF is NOT Responsible for the “Decision Making” on grant awarding and feasibility; under current Federal and State Law. CDBG Funds are required to be tracked “Craddle to Grave” and the only way that can be done (when funds are given to a Non-Profit by state or local sub-division, i.e., City of Cedar Rapids) is by a Chapter 28E Agreement.

    3.. All that it would take to have HUD Audit the City for “ALL” CDBG Funds is 10 people to sign a Complaint Letter and send it to the HUD’s Inspector General. Include the violation of Chapter 28 Iowa Code, and Funds are not being administered or tracked by City Officials as required by Iowa State law to insure “Craddle to Grave” tracking.

    One key component to “ALL” government grants is the requester / recipient must comply with “ALL” local, state and federal rules and regulations – Its not an option. Include Separate pages for allegations such as $1 Million dollars being given to the Chamber of Commerce and distributed to businesses never effected by the flood in 2008. Check it out.. You don’t even need to have proof but, sending a copy of the Chambers Foundation IRS filing that shows this 2009 or 2010. Do some research on this as their own documents will hang them.

    Stop complaining and stop them !!! Or Stop complaining because you will never stop them.

  • Craig

    Habitual offenders, scumbag lawyers with agendas
    I’ll tell you sometimes people I don’t know what’s worse
    Natural disasters or these wolves in sheep clothes pastors
    Now damn it I’m scared to send my children to church.

    Kid Rock.

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  • Craig

    Lets see if any of the LAME STREAM MEDIA reports/investigates. LOL!

  • Tom harbit

    Never ceases to amaze me the amount of corruption in human beings. And using ministry is one of the oldest scams around. Keep up the good work Ajai.

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