Grant Loss Pinches Domestic Shelter Funds

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Waterlogged but still swimming, Payson’s non-profit resource for victims of domestic violence is grappling with $100,000 in lost grant money.

Time Out’s budget this year, which included the grant requests that have since been turned down, was $876,000. The lost money amounts to 12 percent of the organization’s total budget.

“So we’re going to be cutting as you can see,” said Executive Director Gerry Bailey.

The Department of Justice denied one grant that averaged $58,000 per year for Time Out’s transitional housing shelter, and $51,000 in emergency shelter funding. The transitional housing grant was a three-year grant that expired in September.

The grants were funded through the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women.

Bailey assumes this loss is due to government drowning in debt, but adds that hypothesis is pure speculation. Calls to the DOJ were not returned.

Ironically, the Payson Council adopted a proclamation this month to celebrate the shelter’s 15th anniversary, urging citizens to join in eliminating domestic violence.

In a 12-month period ending in June, the shelter provided a place to stay long-term for 23 women and children and provided general services to 264 other residents who did not need to stay in the shelter.

All told, the group provided 11,000 bed nights, 3,000 hours of group education and 2,000 hours of case management . In addition, the group’s Gila Family Advocacy Center conducted 39 interviews with children who had reported being physically or sexually abuse.

views with children who had reported being physically or sexually abused.

Time Out has frozen wages, stopped employee travel to educational conferences and eliminated a part-time transitional specialist at the shelter.

The specialist helped transport women to doctor’s appointments and job interviews, coordinated activities for children, while parents were in group therapy sessions and facilitated other groups.

Although available funds have dropped, demand for services is up.

Crisis calls increased 37 percent from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2008, which ended in June, to the next quarter.

The number of new residents in the emergency shelter increased 24 percent in that same period.

Bailey said that the number of abused women able to pay their own escape in better economic times dwindles when finances sour.

However, she said it’s not likely that domestic violence rates have risen. “It’s about power and control. It’s not about stress,” Bailey said.

Thrift shop sales began their decent in November 2007, and never fully recovered. Sales from the first 10 months of this year were down 41 percent — to $63,000 — from the same period in 2007.

“That has always carried us in the past,” Bailey said. “We’re getting hit all around.”

Donations declined 16 percent from January through May of this year compared to the same period last year.

Bailey said the organization’s finances have essentially retreated to 2005 levels.

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