TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
July 6, 2015
GOD'S HOUSE HAS BEEN CONDEMNED BY THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL FLORIDA
SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS TO THE NEEDY AND UNDERPRIVILEGED STUDENTS DISCONTINUED
Although I personally live in California, I have had the responsibility and obligation to oversee the operations of The Haven of Divine Love religious entity over the past several years. In doing so, I have developed a strong distaste for the City of Cape Coral, and in retrospect, have no love, faith, or respect for The City of Cape Coral and numerous Departments and personnel. Never have I experienced a city that is so outright bent on disrespecting and abusing its citizens. I won't even get into the selfishness, greed, and mismanagement of the city government who engulfed hundreds of thousands of vacant lots and created one of the largest land mass city in the country and initiated and assessed hundreds of millions of dollars against its unfortunate citizens. Neither will I address the water and sewer utilities which are one of the highest rates in the country, or the defective water system that eats and corrodes the copper piping, (that was required by the building department) in less than 10 years. (if it eats and corrodes the copper pipes, I wonder what it does to your stomach) Nor will I address the bias, prejudice, and discrimination of the Police Department who only protect their elite citizens, and abuse the less fortunate. But, I will address the current issue on hand.
THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL FLORIDA RESTRICTS AND FAILS TO MAINTAIN ANY FORM OF HOMELESS SHELTERS, MISSIONS, OR LOW COST HOUSING FOR THE POOR, DISADVANTAGED, SENIORS, DISABLED VETERANS OR OTHER DISABILITY OR LOW INCOME PARTIES. THE HAVEN OF DIVINE LOVE SENIOR AND DISABILITYCENTER IS THE ONLY LOW COST FACILITY IN THE ENTIRECITY OF CAPE CORALFLORIDA
My sister, Sister Eleanor Nelsen, a Catholic Carmelite Nun, moved to Cape Coral in 1966 when Cape Coral was a little bitsy community and not even a city yet. Over the next 40 years, she operated 6 separate child care centers, preschools, and kindergarten schools were she diligently and relentlessly
cared for and taught over 15,000 Cape Coral children. I often meet adults, who after learning of my
relationship, tell me that they went to one of her centers and received such wonderful training that assisted them in their later educational years and the foundation she had laid out for them to become outstanding adults. She also founded the Haven of Divine Love and dedicated her life in assisting the senior citizens, and the less developed and disadvantaged residents in the community. She was an icon in Cape Coral and contributed immensely to the growth and development of Cape Coral and many of the current residents of both the city and county. Yet, in her latter years, she began to hate Cape Coral with a passion. And now I know why. In the last years of her life (she past away on March 8, 2008 at the age of 82) when she developed Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, she was treated like dirt by many of the City of Cape Coral Departments and employees. They should have dedicated and named streets, schools, and parks in her name, not make her life and legacy a nightmare of discrimination and abuse.
In memory of my sister, several years ago, The Haven of Divine Love initiated The Eleanor M. Nelsen Educational Scholarship Fund in which we give annual scholarship grants to needy or underprivileged students entering college. It was originally designed to be granted to the students who attended Sister Eleanor's care facilities in the preschools and were entering college. However due to the time restraints, most of her students had surpassed their college years and the local recipients became scarce. We therefore opened the grants to all students.
Unfortunately, as a direct result of the serious violations of our civil and religious liberties, and the overall bias, prejudice, and discrimination by the City of Cape Coral Florida; and actions by various other parties who conspired, aided and abetted, and colluded with them, effective immediately, or specifically as of the First day of June, 2015 for the 2015 fall semester, all 30 scholarship grants by The Eleanor M. Nelsen Scholarship Fund to all high school seniors entering college has been terminated
Although we do not wish to punish the local students because of the actions of their government or employees, the current and continuous actions of the agencies of Cape Coral have caused us substantial losses and damages to a point where it has drastically depleted our scholarship funds. In other words, the actions of various Cape Coral Departments and their employees, has directly taken away the funds that would have been spent for scholarship grants.
I personally resent the treatment that was inflicted against my sister, and The Haven of Divine Love, and have a sad and distasteful resentment towards the City of Cape Coral as a result. Discrimination against her and her enterprises is very evident, and it is time to disclose such activities to the general public. We are circulating this notification because we feel it is important for the citizens of Cape Coral to understand the reason of our program change.
Jerome Valenta, President
Haven of Divine Love,
The Nelsen Residence Inc.
Eleanor M. Nelsen Scholarship Fund