HOUSTON – The former nonprofit operating out of the purple-trimmed, one-story brick home in north Houston apparently started with the best of intentions: to feed and shelter homeless individuals.
But Regina's Faith Ministries soon ran afoul of its philanthropic goals as it lost its nonprofit status and violated state licensing regulations.
Authorities allege the group ended up turning its shelter into a dungeon-like prison where three men say they were held against their wills so their captor could cash their public assistance checks.
The accused captor, 31-year-old Walter Renard Jones, has been charged with two counts of injury to an elderly individual and remains jailed.
One of the former nonprofit's directors, Henry Bolden, said he was shocked by last week's discovery and thought the group was "doing good."