THE HEAL MISSION

The HEAL Mission is an effort in victim and consumer advocacy and has been since 2002.  I, Rev. Angela Smith, co-founder of the mission and the founding mother of COPE, am solely responsible for the content of this page and it may not represent the views of mission volunteers or service recipients.  My understanding of the mission and our services is described below.

As far as what any individual person can expect in terms of personal service and attention from me, Rev. Angela Smith, and/or mission volunteers (though I can only speak for myself and their availability may vary) is 40.6 hours (the equivalent of one work week+) total in this lifetime of individual attention and personal service to each individual person out of objective interest to serve God, Truth and Virtue, for the sake of doing that alone which encompasses assisting victims of crimes and torts as described below.  If further personal service and attention would assist the greater good and/or work of the mission in terms of the Conversion Program/Watch-List, then such will be recognized as well as the in-kind reciprocity where any individual decides to pursue justice through the legal system and/or official regulatory process with assistance from the mission and survivor/victim network managed and maintained by the church and mission described below.  If objectively, said additional attention will not result in rescuing people (particularly children) from frauds and human traffickers or the like who are currently in need of said rescue, then the church and mission as well as myself must prioritize and appreciate your understanding in advance.  But, supporters of the church (and mission) who give generously to support the mission and church will be most certainly blessed in more ways than one.  The 40.6 hour limit is based on support for the #FightFor15 (to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour) and in recognition that even though nonprofit and faith-based, still good works in good faith that require financial wellness and health to continue.  If you visit https://www.cope.church/basket.htm you will see that if Jeff Bezos' entire amassed fortune was evenly redistributed so every American received an equal share it would amount to $609.  $609 divided by $15=40.6.  I personally and professionally feel and believe giving the equivalent of my arguable share of Bezos' entire amassed fortune in the equivalent hours to any individual is as generous as anyone can be expected to be in the name of charitable assistance to any individual.  But, if looking to socialize, please participate in the sermons and more by interacting on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/heal247 or understand without funding for a material venue, there isn't one.  And, if the time and money combined to assist you reaches $609, that's the absolute limit the church will spend on any individual seeking assistance.  So, $150/mo for the phone and websites every month may be calculated towards the total spent on you.  In September (through 9/27/20 when this was written), I've personally responded to 130 e-mails from victims and survivors which doesn't include the calls.  So, even a donation of $1.15 from each individual I've personally assisted this month would cover the cost of providing the service using the mediums used for said service otherwise that $1.15 is a gift to those receiving services as is my time.  I'm happy to help and hopefully helpful.  Thank you in advance for supporting the church and mission.  The victims and survivors thank you as well as those waiting to be saved.  [Special Note: For the record, I've assisted over 28,269 survivors and victims over the last 18 years (since 2002) at the mission.  I've given (as of 9/28/20) 65,700 hours working to stop institutionalized abuse, fraud, and human trafficking regardless of storefront or cultural influences involved (much of which involved assisting individual survivors/victims in reporting to proper authorities and seeking redress of grievances).  And, that amounts to my spending approximately 2.5 hours on each survivor/victim I've assisted over the years.  I don't owe anyone 40.6 hours nor 2.5 hours.  But, I'm always happy to help.  All donations, gifts, and contributions to help maintain the mission and church are deeply appreciated.  If you've received assistance from the HEAL Mission and/or COPE, the amount you may wish to consider is $37.50 which would be in the spirit of supporting the #FightFor15 even if earmarked.  See https://www.cope.church/basket.htm for earmark details.  Or, if going with more of a tithe-theme, $3.75 or 10% like a tip.  Some of this is written with the intent to help explain basic economics to any and all who missed class that day even if faith-based and nonprofit.  #WithLoveFromSeattle]

Victim Advocacy and Activism at the Mission

Victims of crime, whether committed by an individual human being, multiple individual human beings, or a business entity of some sort are provided with survivor support (including platform to share perspectives and experiences), information and resources on reporting tailored to their specific circumstance(s), and supported to the best of our ability throughout the process of seeking justice and/or understanding when reporting is delayed often justice is denied on a reasonable basis given the burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal cases.  In addition, the mission keeps individual contact lists* for all victims of a specific party to notify of legal and media opportunities when those are initiated by someone populating the contact list, law enforcement, an attorney or journalist seeking to speak with additional victims. 

Victims of torts (that may also be crimes), whether committed by an individual human being, multiple individual human beings, or a business entity of some sort are provided with the same supports as described above.  The primary difference is the burden of proof in a civil lawsuit/tort action is by a preponderance of the evidence rather than beyond a reasonable doubt.

The above two categories have existing remedies available at law and the Justice System is the right place to pursue justice.  Activism arises it seems where justice has been denied (sometimes as a result of the ignorance, failure to exercise due diligence in a timely fashion, and/or traumatic stress suffered by victims).  So, a large part of the advocacy work we do at the HEAL Mission is to raise awareness about available remedies at law while providing a platform and Conversion Program for those who have not been adjudicated but whose victims (i.e. Sponsors) believe placement is warranted.  And, traumatic stress works to help others understand why reporting was delayed but doesn't act as an excuse for extending the statute of limitations to pursue action in most cases depending on jurisdiction.  For example, there was a case where a survivor/victim of institutionalized abuse sued after the statute of limitations had expired.  The argument to extend the statute was based on discovery saying they only recently became aware of the harm caused to them in a treatment facility and had suppressed memories.  The issue with that is it brings into question the reliability of the victim's memory itself which is compounded by the history of the "need" for psychiatric care.  The court did not deny the validity of the victim's reports, however, did find they did not meet the burden of proof for recovery at law.

And, to support both victims and consumers, the mission requests public records and does a lot of networking and research to help build the strongest cases for justice in the events such are pursued effectively and in a timely fashion.  All of these efforts require time and financial support on the part of our church and mission.  When things work out and everyone does their/our part, we see the wrongdoers brought to justice and often sentenced to prison.  Examples of that include Restoration Youth Academy, Midwest Academy, Alternative Youth Academy, and Blessed Hope Boys Home/Joshua House.

* Evidence of the Contact Lists (Over 28,000 in the survivor/whistleblower/victim e-mail lists as of 9/21/20):

Monthly Visitors to the Mission for August-September, 2020 as an example:

 

[Note: If COPE/HEAL received a gift of $1 each from even half the visitors shown in the 30 days in the screenshot, we'd be at our annual minimum fundraising goal for the year.  In the spirit of God Will Provide and God's Providence, the #TaoFu of that is Luke 17:21 and Namaste.  COPE/HEAL intends to be the gift that keeps on giving no matter what, but, in practical terms no funding, no resources, and no ability to provide virtually or otherwise.  If you click "donate" button at top of https://www.cope.church, https://www.cope.church/support.htm, https://www.cope.church/basket.htm, https://www.heal-online.org, and also featured at https://www.cope.church/fellowship.htm you can choose to be a gift that keeps on giving monthly or make it a one time thing.  Either way, I recognize you as the gift you are and everyone appreciates your support for helping to keep COPE/HEAL alive and kicking.]

 

Consumer Activism and Advocacy at the Mission

The Conversion Program is in essence a virtual or symbolic prison for entities we have reason to believe should likely be in a real one as a result of complaints we've received that we feel are valid and supported by evidence available to the church and mission.  The individual program info pages act as sort of a "list of priors" or "rap sheet" based on raw firsthand accounts by those courageous enough to provide a sworn statement under penalty of perjury to us as long as we protect their identity when publishing or those willing to be identified.  And, we work to build the case, verify facts, corroborate victim statements, and more in an effort to make sure we're not unjustly virtually institutionalizing any entity in the Conversion Program.

Some of the victims see the Consumer Activism as the extent they should be required to participate given full context and the difficulties of managing traumatic stress.  And, so they see their notifying anyone who knows who should be notified to make it official and agreeing to make their statement public as sufficient notification for everyone else to serve justice.  But, that seems to be ignorance regarding how the US Justice System works and the rights afforded to all by the US Constitution.  While we do retain the rights of Freedom of Religion, Freedom of the Press, and Free Speech (including Freedom of Expression) which permits for our activism and consumer advocacy, that does not endow us with the authority to actually shut down any criminal enterprise independent of government assistance.  While it is true that the graveyard is well-populated by entities that formerly were actively enrolled in the Conversion Program/placed on the Watch-List, there are always many variables.  Some do allege that the mission was responsible for their demise, but, we see that as their denying the fact that they were running a criminal and/or tortious enterprise which when exposed resulted in consumers making more informed choices if in fact the information made available through the mission was part of their decision-making process.  But, we're happy to help inform consumers whom the law sees as responsible for exercising due diligence.  The good news is many have said that after reviewing the information we provided they chose against segregated congregate care for a loved one. 

One of the issues that consumers bring up with the HEAL Mission is concern that the information is biased or prejudiced.  It is for this reason, we're now providing ways to be released from the Conversion Program beyond the graveyard option. The Mission has always posted feedback from those populating the watch-list.  But, since arguably we're in the same or similar industry I, the church, and the mission must lead by example with the better program model and are using baby-steps to show how to improve.  So, that includes merciful releases (based on participation level or lack thereof of sponsors), graduation (meeting the minimum Honesty In Marketing Standards (HIMS)), and death/closure.  It is symbolic and art to the extent it is virtual and can reasonably be ignored by those populating the watch-list while such cannot be said of those coerced, unduly influenced, and/or falsely imprisoned in a material way by those entities populating the watch-list.

Below is an example of a response one might receive if contacting the HEAL Mission to report institutionalized abuse, fraud, and/or human trafficking at a segregated congregate care facility or program enrolled in the Conversion Program (Avalon Hills in Utah):

"Dear [Victim/Survivor's Name Here],

Thank you for contacting us!  There may still be opportunities available for you to seek justice or disciplinary actions against Avalon Hills.  The first option includes two choices and in the very least you may wish to "Submit A Concern" to the Utah regulators.  Here are your options:

1.  Report crimes such as assault, battery, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in Utah.  You can use the online form at https://www.cachesheriff.org/index.php?id=242 to contact the Cache County Sheriff to inquire about filing an official complaint which may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution.  You can also file a complaint with Utah regulators by visiting https://hslic.utah.gov/concerns-incidents and clicking on "Submit A Concern" and completing and submitting that online form.

2.  File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Avalon Hills and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you.  You can find the easy online forms for filing such a complaint (which may result in an investigation, prosecution, and/or civil resolution on your case) under your home state's (state where you currently reside) header at http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.

3.  If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court.  However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement.  You can find legal resources at http://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm and legal causes of action related to institutionalized abuse claims at http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm.

4.  If you file an official complaint with the proper authorities, you can submit a copy of that complaint to us to be posted on the information page on Avalon Hills.  Or, in the event you prefer not to file such a complaint for any reason, you can complete, print, sign, date and then scan and attach the completed declaration form to an e-mail, fax it to us at (877)845-8465, or mail it to us once you've filled it out and a blank form is attached to this message with directions.  We'll then post your statement.  If you would like to keep your name or identifying information private, we can do that, but, still require the declaration for our records.

5.  If you'd prefer not to submit a formal declaration, you may post your statement on our unmoderated message board at http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=3407841501&cpv=2 OR send a new e-mail to angela@churchofphilosophicalexploration.org with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to https://www.cope.church/feedback.htm and add a direct link to those .pdf files to the webpage at https://www.heal-online.org/avalon.htm .

In addition, we've attached a guide for helping manage PTSD as well as information from the Anna Institute explaining why further institutionalization or segregated congregate care would be detrimental to your wellness even if a more humane environment.

If you'd like to speak directly with one of our survivor support volunteers, please contact Emily or Monica with Survivor Support. Volunteer directory is available at http://www.heal-online.org/help.htm .  And, if you'd like to receive the quarterly HEAL Mission newsletter, reply to this e-mail expressing that or e-mail news@heal-online.org with subject "subscribe".

If we can be of further assistance, please let us know.  If you found this helpful, please consider making a donation.  You can easily donate by clicking on "donate" at the top of http://www.heal-online.org and/or https://www.cope.church . Donations are tax-deductible.  Thank you.

Best Wishes,

HEAL Missionary Team for COPE"

For any documents referenced not hyperlinked through hypertext in the above example, please contact rev@cope.church or info@heal-online.org.  The above is not intended to single out Avalon Hills and Avalon Hills was solely used as an example for the response shown above to help you understand more about what goes on at the mission as far as what consumer and victim's advocacy looks like for those in need of assistance or direction.  The alternative to government assistance is the boycott advisory and/or consumer information campaign.  However, recent legislation appears to suggest that boycotts are a form of economic violence while fraud is considered an act of terrorism by the United Nations and government of Nigeria.  So, supporting these efforts is controversial unless everything is done by the book through the proper channels meaning the justice system, law enforcement, and official regulatory bodies. 

Please volunteer and/or give today to support the church and mission!  Thank You!