DES MOINES, Iowa — Urbandale Police continue to investigate a Des Moines non-profit called Urban Horizons, which claims to be dedicated to “youth development.”
We visited Urban Horizons’ Des Moines office, which is actually a dilapidated home on 14th Place. We knocked on the door, but no one answered.
In April, the President of Urban Horizons, Robert McGregor Sr., received a Peddler’s Permit from the City of Urbandale. Urbandale Police have since suspended the permit. Investigators have questions about how the organization is using donations and how it’s representing itself.
“We had some complaints that they were associating themselves with local charities,” said Officer Jeff Casey.
McGregor declined an interview. So did Linda King, the woman listed as the Treasurer for Urban Horizons on the Secretary of State’s website. A volunteer for the non-profit told us the money he collected by going door-to-door was given to McGregor, who said it would be used to turn the office on 14th Place into a shelter for at risk children.
“We’re asking people if they’ve had any contact with Robert McGregor or Urban Horizons to contact the Urbandale Police Department,” said Casey.
Urbandale may not be the only place Urban Horizons solicited donations. Its last Peddling Permit indicates the organization has also operated in West Des Moines, Clive and Iowa City.