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5 Marion County Agencies Lose Major Funding

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Every five years Marion County agencies receives about $120,000 in funding from the Community Services Justice Assistance Grant.

But this year, that grant was cut leaving the programs unfunded.

A recent loss in funding from JAG is critically affecting five non-profit agencies in Marion County.

Four of them are United Way agencies.

The Marion County Family Resource Network is experiencing the biggest hit of the five.

It focuses on substance abuse prevention, child abuse and neglect, and youth development.

The Family Resource Network has lost almost $20,000 which is 38 percent of its budget.

It has had to cut back on hours and the number of children it helps.

"That correlates to a reduction in services and a reduction through the number of kids we can reach through our programs because we don't have the staff to operate everything successfully," said Family Resource Network Director Lauren Prinzo.

The Three Rivers Drug Task Force is run by the Fairmont Police.

It will lose $50,000 in funding and two investigators. It could cause an increase in crime.

In the last 12 months, the task force arrested 54 people for trafficking in illegal drugs and firearms.

The Marion County Child Advocacy Center works closely with the Task Force.

It provides a safe environment in which child abuse victims can be interviewed.

It lost $15,000 from JAG, which was used for the victim advocates salary.

It also went toward sexual abuse evaluations for those who needed it.

"When they do need them we were able to provide them in the past with that funding," said CAC Director Michael Baker. "And we aren't going to be able to do that in the future."

Hope Incorporated offers shelter and support to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

It has lost more than $54,000 in funding and will have to eliminate a prevention educator and outreach therapist.

"It hurts us a lot," said Hope Director Harriet Sutton. "The entire amount of those two positions it no longer exists."

CASA volunteers help abused and neglected children in the Marion County Judicial system.

It aims to provide these children with stability and guidance and to find them good homes.

It lost $63,000 in foster care, leaving 42 children without a CASA volunteer.

"We are kind of playing it by ear I guess to see how things pan out," said CASA Director Kim Baker. "We are hoping a miracle would happen."

Now these agencies are praying for a miracle.

They said they are hoping for successful fundraiser's or a new grant to become available.

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