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|05-06-03: Harbor House names new director
|By NANCY ALLEN
The Daily Standard
Harbor House Maternity Home in Celina has corrected financial
mismanagement problems with the organization's former in-house adoption agency and has
named a new executive director, a Harbor House official said Monday.
Harbor House's board of trustees has named Doug Eberle the new
executive director. He replaces his wife Karla, who was suspended from the job last
October for improperly handling adoption agency funds.
The facility discontinued housing females in crisis pregnancies after
Karla Eberle was suspended. The organization's in-house adoption agency also ceased to
Both services have started again, Doug Eberle confirmed this morning.
But instead of performing adoptions in-house, Harbor House now performs them with the help
of local attorneys, which it used to do between 1990 and 1998.
In June, Harbor House again will house pregnant girls and women on a
regular basis, where they will be able to continue their education, receive medical care
and life skills training. The house currently is home to one girl, who is almost nine
months pregnant and was taken in early due to an emergency situation, Doug Eberle said.
Doug Eberle said he feels the past mistakes that led to the
organization's temporary upheaval have only made it better, and he sees a bright future.
"There have been many mistakes and road blocks along the way that
God has used to make it better," Doug Eberle said. "He has taken something that
could have been very bad, but it has made us better."
The board of trustees is establishing new accounting procedures to
ensure that finances are accurate.
Harbor House officer volunteer Yvonne Menzer said Karla Eberle
will continue on as a house parent, caring for and providing services to the pregnant
teens and women. She also will coordinate volunteers who help operate the facility.
Doug and Karla Eberle remain residents at their East Fulton Street
home, where they have been house parents for more than 12 years.
Coldwater attorney Paul Howell spearheaded the investigation along with
several board members. Howell said the amount of money inappropriately handled during the
last two years by Karla Eberle was "way under $20,000." Howell this morning
confirmed that he completed his investigation last November, but was not authorized to
disclose the exact amount of money mishandled. All the missing funds have been reimbursed,
Howell had said.
Bill Rieth, chairman of Harbor House's board of trustees had said for a
January story that the exact amount of money involved would be released upon final
completion of the investigation and review by the board. He could not be reached for
comment this morning.
No charges were ever brought against Karla Eberle by Mercer County
Prosecuting Attorney Andy Hinders. Rieth earlier said that board members had "no
desire" to press charges.
Harbor House, started by the Eberles in 1990, is one of just a few such
organizations across the United States. It has three divisions:
- The in-house maternity care service that allows females, mostly
single pregnant teen-agers, to live in a Christian atmosphere at 119 E. Fulton St.
- Elizabeth Pregnancy Services, which offers free pregnancy testing,
adult referral housing, a 24-hour hotline, adoption care and support, referrals and a
- Adoption services, which are now provided by local attorneys.
Since Harbor House began operating in 1990, 258 babies have been born
with their help and more than 80 girls have lived at the facility. Though the agency had
stopped taking in girls late last year, Harbor House continued to offer a variety of
services including pregnancy testing and counseling.
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