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Published September 13, 2012, 03:05 PM

Grand Forks LISTEN Center Cuts Hours, Staff Because of Lack of Funding

The LISTEN Drop-In Center in Grand Forks has had to cut its hours of operation in half and cut staff because of a lack of funds.

The LISTEN Drop-In Center in Grand Forks has had to cut its hours of operation in half and cut staff because of a lack of funds.

The Center helps people with disabilities make friends and fit in better in the community but the more than 1,300 adults who use the facility each year have had to find alternatives because of all the cuts. The Center is running just three days a week and is down to just one staff member.

The center needs nearly $180,000 per year to keep it up and running. Although organizers have raised over $160,000 they are worried about what will happen after those funds run out. There were discussions of possibly closing the program, but with so many people who rely on the service staff members decided to just make some cutbacks and try to raise as many funds as possible.

The LISTEN Center is hoping to open six days a week with three staff members by October 1st. All proceeds from The Rydell Charity Benefit Car and Bike show Sunday will go to the LISTEN Center.

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