Local Non-Profit Hit By Major Funding Cuts

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Local non-profit Strong Families Safe Kids says the downturn in the economy has slashed funding by 25 percent this year.

The organization, which provides parenting classes and services to prevent child abuse, says money that comes from both the state and county have sharply dropped, as the two struggle to balance their own budgets.

Officials say because of those cuts, they've had to trim staff hours and eliminate a full-time position. They say they're making the necessary adjustments so the programs they offer to the public won't be affected.

"We have no intentions of taking away any of our programs and our services," said Bobbi Kline, Executive Director of Strong Families Safe Kids. "We will still want to provide the same amount of services we always have."

The group says it's been able to work with Americorps to keep the people it had to lay off on staff. In light of their budget adjustments, officials say plans to move the organization into a new space have been put on hold.

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