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Published June 14, 2010, 09:51 AM

Grafton Shelter May Close

The overnight shelter serving women and children victims of domestic violence in three northeast North Dakota counties will close July 1 unless funding can be found.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) - The overnight shelter serving women and children victims of domestic violence in three northeast North Dakota counties will close July 1 unless funding can be found.

The closure will put one full-time and three part-time employees out of work.

Jolene Halldorson, executive director of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Center that serves Walsh, Cavalier and Pembina counties, says the Shalom Shelter in Grafton has a $57,000 budget shortfall.

Each county provides money for the center but most funding comes from grants and donations. A private foundation that had supported the shelter since it opened in 1994 recently pulled its funding.

The Shalom Shelter can house up to 16 women and children.

The nearest overnight shelters are in Grand Forks and Devils Lake.

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