• Report: #1136751

Complaint Review: Project195 Inc.

  • Submitted: Sun, April 06, 2014
  • Updated: Mon, July 07, 2014

  • Reported By: Nina D — Bayonne New Jersey
Project195 Inc.
87 Yawpo Avenue, Suite 201 Oakland, New Jersey USA

Project195 Inc. Project 195, Little Moon Hostel, Joplin House, Dave Skoblar, DT Skoblar Fraudulent Charity with Unsafe Hostels, Director Scamming from Charity and Sleeping with Volunteers Oakland New Jersey

*Consumer Comment: Fake Complaint against charity.

*Author of original report: His NJ Hostel Closed, Joplin Closed, and Liquidating His Charity

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Dave Skoblar is a NJ fireman who decided to start a charity. Noble intentions, however, he has used this charity to pay for his personal travel, home repair and kids' expenses, as well as use it to cheat on his wife of many years. (Second wife, he cheated on the first one two, and she divorced him). Dave has cheated with his web designer, his interns, his volunteers and several women who came out to donate. Pretty sleazy for a guy who targets colleges and charities for his UNSAFE and ILLEGAL hostels. Let me clue you in, charity folks - you cannot decide to open a hostel just cause. It must be registered with the city and state, and have proper egress, fire alarms and per person room limits. Dave built bunk beds out of 2 x 4 wood and housed people 10 + to a room, in single family residence homes. He shoves them in up to 40 people per stay, charging for uncomfortable makeshift beds. If there was a fire, it is guaranteed many people would not get out because you cannnot have 10 people in a bedroom rush for the door. [continued below]....


His Joplin MS hostel is so bad its nearly condemned. He hires only junkies or alcoholics to run his hostels, and as a result, they are run down and unhabitable. The "site supervisors" have included a meth head, a heroin junkie, and aging alcoholic, all who stole materials after they were "fired". Dave barely paid them and let them stay as part of the deal. Not exactly proper non-profit management where you invite teens and college kids to stay. Very creepy when you consider he's had Girl Scouts at his hostels, working on the gardens. 

Dave constantly fights with Pat Tirri, the other major director in this charity, because Dave constantly misappriates money. Pat has struggled for years to get Dave to do the right thing, but Dave is a sociopath and believes the rules don't apply to him. He believes because he's doing some good in some areas, it excuses his shortcuts and sleaze tactics in other areas. To that end, he never sought to make his charity truly legitimate. He in fact sees it as a way to get graft for his kids and Pat's kids - the plan soon is to start a "college fund" for the tornado stricken and make sure they kids get the benefits of the fund. Dave is actively seeking to change his non profit status to a foundation status, so he can run it solo and not have to report in detail on taxes what he's doing with donations (pocketing them).

Dave spends more time on social media posting images of groups he doesn't organize doing work he doesn't organize. He simply gets groups to stay at his hostel, at $40/night each, and then passes them off to other REAL charities doing work in disaster areas. Meanwhile, he gets to stand beside them, take a photo or video, and take credit. Very tacky and desperate.

Dave also seeks out awards for himself and his charity and a group of us are actively making sure the non profit world is notified of this person and his fraudulent "charity".

Please note they have also lost their non profit status several times as they have had many tax issues.

Don't trust this "aww shucks i'm just helping out" predator - he puts on a good face and game, but at his core, he's a total sleaze ball and scam artist, and worse - he's using other people's disaster status to do so! He's done the same in Joplin and NOLA as well. In fact, one of his volunteers last year left early from the NOLA trip because Dave was acting inappropriately.

Work with credible, REAL charities, not fly by nights like this.  

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/06/2014 01:00 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Project195-Inc/Oakland-New-Jersey-07436/Project195-Inc-Project-195-Little-Moon-Hostel-Joplin-House-Dave-Skoblar-DT-Skoblar-F-1136751. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Fake Complaint against charity.

AUTHOR: kkdelish - ()

I've never been so outraged on behalf of a 3rd party in my life. This "report" is a fake. My family and friends have both worked with Project195 and stayed at their lodgings in THREE different states. All were satisfactory or betterand saved all of us thousands of dollars! I contacted the charity about this "report". I am so glad I did.

They're aware of it.They just don't care.I told Dave I would quote him, so his words... "Anybody who has worked with us or stayed with us, knows what we're about and how we do things. I can't stop nor will I ever stop Melissa Ulto from slandering me.She wrote the article.She used a fake name, because that's what cowards do. She's done the charity no harm. So why bother? "

I am so sorry that we live in a world where people like this Melissa person exist. What a wretched piece of ****!

I looked her up and so can anyone she seems to be quite the media *****. I see she's even on this site. No shock on that one!

I do hope anyone who sees this relaizes that it's absolute garbage to lie about a person much less a charity. I sure hope this useless piece of skin doesn't reproduce!

Keep up the great work Project195 and thank you for doing great work, in spite of people like this "Ulto-mate jerk!"

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#2 Author of original report

His NJ Hostel Closed, Joplin Closed, and Liquidating His Charity

AUTHOR: Nina D - ()

Dave Skoblar is a real piece of work. Both his illegal hostels are closed, especially since an investigation was opened at his job as a fireman about running such a fire hazard. He is also under investigation for:

- fraud (presenting himself as a charity when tax status was lost, pocketing funds, misuse of funds)

- inappropriate behavior while on the job

- sexually inappropriate communications while on the job

- running an illegal hotel or rooming house

- ethical code violations

He is now targeting the recent disaster ares in Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri and Louisana. 

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