The following letter was received Tuesday via email. We did not realize it was intended for publication. A reader posted it as a comment on a related story earlier today after is was posted on Ms. Stephenson’s Facebook page.
By Chiquita Stephenson
To the Editor,
In our community staff, clients, children, families and small businesses have suffered. No job, no income, no insurance, no childcare, no food, no clothing and no housing. Who is voicing the concerns for them by telling the truth so that, this never happens again.
I have not been dismissed from NEON by the NEON Board of Directors and, I am not on a non paid leave of absence as stated by Mike Berkoff and Tommie Jackson!
My free legal advise to Tommie Jackson and Mike Berkoff is to eliminate my name from their vocabulary and focus on NEON Business and the communities that they through; NEON are mandated to serve. They should not place their short coming on anyone but, THEMSELVES.
They plotted now they got it! DEAL with it!
At no time, did Mike Berkoff ever instruct me not to pass out paychecks. Their focus should be on the role that each of them played in communicating with CITIBANK as it pertains to the checks. There are three sides to ever story.
I have been MALIGNED for the last time. ENOUGH! I’m focused on building communities and, I do not require approval or acceptance from anyone who is unwilling to READ the facts. There is no need for me to engage in nonsense when so many are suffering near and far.
I said it once and, I will say it again “Lies have a way of catching up with a liar! Tommie and Mike need to facilitate a plan of action with supportive transition documentation, stop name dropping and, focus on moving the organization forward. If they can’t step aside. As for me, I have communities to build with community members.
Anyone that knows me, knows that the proof is in the documentation and action taken. Again, my free legal advise to them, eliminate my name from their vocabulary.
Rev. Chiquita Stephenson
Acting NEON CEO/President