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Womenspace Budget Cut Again

EUGENE, Ore. — A Lane County organization that helps prevent domestic violence is looking at more budget cuts.

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.

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  1. ahshucks says:

    How much of your 1.3 million dollars is in wages? (dollar amount $___________)

  2. TJohnson says:

    The real story here is that the administrative staff are refusing to have proper fund raisers for donations and are purposely trimming/reducing grants.

    Quote: “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,” – Renell Brabham, Womenspace Director of Finances.

    Yeah right Renell. You’re at fault for most of this. Isn’t it your job as the “Director of Finances” to make sure the finances are in order? Don’t blame the economy or lack of donations for your incompetent and lazy administrative staff.

    Stop making decisions that hurt the organization and start getting funding. If you can’t find funding then you need to be removed from your position. Period.

    And let’s not forget all of the embezzlement coming from the organization and its executive board.

    Womenspace needs new leaders and new admin staff or the entire organization will be closing.

  3. TJohnson says:

    @ahshucks

    The majority actually goes to the board members. If you keep up with the news (and know people that work there) you will see that the majority of cuts affect the lower paid positions and basic office necessities.

    They should only be funded with grants as the current staff can’t be trusted with cash donations.

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