Local agency fighting loss of $600,000 in funding

Local agency fighting loss of $600,000 in funding
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 6:52pm

Over the last two years grants and funding for Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge have been slashed by $600,000 over the last two years.

"We have just encountered some very turbulent financial times," said Rene Taylor, executive director of the organization.

Turbulent times that have forced the non-profit to cut back on services and paying employee pension plans.

"It's tough, it's challenging, but we've been around since 1955 and you know, you figure out a way to survive," explained Taylor.

Taylor said even though the organization has been forced to cut back, it will still be around for decades to come.

"We're going to be around, you know when you receive information that your budget is being cut or a contract is not going to be continued, it's just figuring out how to fill that gap. And we've been successful thus far," added Taylor.

Services at the organization include counseling for families, the mentally ill and cancer patients just to name a few.

"It's a really, really highly needed program. The reason is we see the client on a sliding scale basis and these are the group of people that don't have services anywhere," explained Jyoti Shah, clinical director for the center.

While things are looking up at the agency Taylor said the financial struggle is far from over.

"It is trickling down to us, but honestly I don't see things really getting better for the next couple of years," explained Taylor.

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