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Published June 09, 2010, 09:03 PM

Grafton Shelter Closing Due To Lack Of Funding

The Domestic Violence and Abuse Center in Grafton may have to close its shelter due to a lack of funding.

The Domestic Violence and Abuse Center in Grafton may have to close its shelter due to a lack of funding. The shelter has been open since 1994 and has help many people throughout the years.

But the shelter in Grafton is running out of money to help house battered men, women and children, and may have to close its doors. So far they have had to cut several staff positions.

Jolene Halldorson/Ex. Director: "We recently have been declined for a 50 thousand dollar grant award and with that decline we are looking at major cuts and one of the most major cuts we are looking at is the shelter cut."

In the past five months the center has helped seven women and nine children. On occasion the center is also the cities homeless shelter.

Jolene Halldorson/Ex. Director: "The shelter is something that a lot of people are aware of how much its used. Last year it had 206 nights out of 2009 that we have had clients in shelter."

Halldorson says losing a shelter like this one in the area could be life and death for people in an abusive household.

Jolene Halldorson/Ex. Director:"The nearest shelter is in Grand Forks and Devils lake and its real unlikely that our clients are going to be able to use those facilities because more than likely there is going to be children involved and they will be in school and there is probably going to be a job they cant leave because they need that income."

Halldorson plans to get out into the community for donations before they will have to close the shelter as of July 1.

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