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Ennis facility seeking clients after Kevins House closing

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JOEY G. DAUBEN

The Ellis County Press

ENNIS – Faced with no place else to go after an all-male halfway house closed amid controversies surrounding its director and a reported FBI investigation into financial dealings, clients at the now-closed Kevin’s House have a new option in Ennis.

Tabitha Pennon runs Vision House in Ennis, a new project started when Kevin’s House closed two weeks ago.

She’s looking for parents of clients and clients to contact her to begin interviewing for the Vision House.

With 10 years of experience in the field of helping people adjust to society after bouts of crime, Pennon said she hopes the get the Kevins House clients quickly.

Pennon and her husband are accepting applications and can be reached at 214-257-0207 or TexasVisionHouse.org.

Kevins House director, Richard Jackson, closed down the all-male halfway house after several current and former clients brought forth mountains of allegations of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement, as well as accusations that Ellis County’s adult probation department participated in a cover-up.

Several clients said they were threatened with jail and prison if they pursued the allegations further.

Video footage of Jackson being confronted about the allegations and FBI investigation is available at ECP-TV.com.


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