Abuse centers hit with funding cuts

POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 5:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Local abuse centers are feeling the pressure of decreasing budgets.

Amy Perkins, Executive Director of the Advocacy Center, said like most non-profit's, they're dealing with major funding cuts.

"This year, we've lost our 21st century grant, which provided a great deal of our staff and our prevention and education program has suffered as a result of the loss of that funding," said Perkins.

But less funding doesn't mean fewer clients.

In fact the Advocacy Center has more clients than ever and to provide for them all means finding other ways of support.

"Typically around 2,000 clients per year, and that number just keeps increasing, where as our funding is never a sure thing. so we depend a great deal on community support," said Perkins.

The organizations aren't just facing the limitations of this years budget but they're still recovering from last years cuts.

But, Kathy Reid, Executive Director of the Family Abuse Center, said that they really haven't had much of an impact but that doesn't mean that they're not prepared for if and when it does happen.

"We're working on the budget for next year and we're going to be very conservative. We're going to make sure that we spend our money well," said Reid. 

The shelter received full funding through some grants but they suffered a hefty loss when a grant that supplies them with food was terminated.

"Losing the food money was pretty significant for us, because, we can't stop feeding people. We just have to find other funding sources," said Reid.

Both centers say that times are hard but people still need help and they'll do whatever it takes to ensure help is there.


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