Crisis center facing its own crisis

The many services at the Child and Family Support Center include a crisis hotline and a crisis/respite nursery. Now, you might say, there is a financial crisis at the center itself where the non-profit agency faces a dramatic decrease in funding due to the bad economy. Yet Executive Director Esterlee Molyneaux says the number of abused children needing help has been skyrocketing. “Two fiscal years ago we had over 3200 visits into our crisis respite nursery,” Molyneaux said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday. “This past year, we just tallied our numbers, we had over 3700 visits. “We are there to serve our community and we will always be there. We will always find a way to be there. However, when our funding is decreased so much and the demand goes up it really puts us in a precarious situation.” Molyneaux said contributions are badly needed to help the Child and Family Support Center fulfill its important mission of “strengthening families and protecting children.” She says for information about programs or to make contributions call 752-8880.

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