In recent months, as Haitian leaders shifted into high gear to help raise money for construction, some have found themselves increasingly at odds with Catholic Charities, the Haitian center's parent organization. First, they say, they had to fight to get the Haitian center's name on the new building, which will be shared with other groups. Then they had to fight an order closing the old center years before the new center would be completed. Finally, they battled a decision to name a non- Haitian to run their programs.
"Fund-raising regarding the new building has made people believe that this is our building . . . a building of the Haitian people, not a Catholic Charities building where the Haitians would be housed," said Elda James, a Haitian- American lawyer who is part of the newly formed Committee to Preserve the Haitian Multi-Service Center. "I think people feel that perhaps they have been misled."
1. Archbishop [Sean P. O'Malley] attended a fund-raising banquet for the new Haitian Multi-Service Center earlier this month in Randolph. O'Malley has said he believes the new center should have a Haitian identity. / GLOBE PHOTO / LAURIE SWOPE 2. Instructor Natalie Gautier (center) gave language lessons to Derose Fayette and Anna Robert at the Haitian center. / GLOBE STAFF PHOTO / DINA RUDICK