Womenspace had to close its walk-in service for woman because of budget cuts last year, and now more are on the way with its new budget starting July.
Womenspace is having to cut an additional $50,000 for this fiscal year, and over the last three years it’s cut about $80,000. Walk-in services will not resume at least this year. It’s also requiring employees to take four furlough days, and several employees will be bumped from full time down to 32 hours.
The economy coupled with loss of some contracts by the federal government all causes for the cuts.
“It’s hard because you know the bottom line of the people who are being hurt the most are the clients that needed it the most, and it’s discouraging at times,” said Renell Brabham, Womenspace Director of Finances.
Those employees are having to do more with less and prioritize what they are doing, and unfortunately there are some things that just fall to the wayside. Womenspace works off a total budget of $1.3 million, but managers are happy they aren’t having to cut those.
Womenspace will review its budget quarterly.
There is some good news. The core services won’t be cut, such as the shelter and the crisis line. The one big thing those working there say would help the organization is more volunteers. That way the employees who are having to do more with less could do a little more for the women who are seeking help there.