NAMPA - The Valley Crisis Center is feeling the pinch of federal budget cuts. It might lose a $25,000 grant and now must turn to the community for help.
Valley Crisis Center is a not-for-profit organization for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. It's a free place to stay, with three meals a day, counseling, and legal help, but for the women and children living there it's much more.
The shelter is home to 10 women and 16 children right now. Last year almost 100 people stayed here.
If you don't do this work then you don't hear the stories but I've lost several women to murders and so I see the violence that there is in this world, said the center's executive director, Yolanda Matos.
Matos is in her 14th year working at the Valley Crisis Center.
I've worked with whole families, starting with grandma and working my way through generations. So what we want to do is break that cycle, she said.
It's a labor of love for Matos and the other employees. Their job is getting even tougher with the tighter budget. The center risks losing their emergency shelter grant from the department of housing and urban development.
There's a lot of money that we did not receive this last month and we're not sure if we are going to get it or not, said Kim Middleton, an employee at the center.
Middleton works with the women and sees firsthand the impact Valley Crisis center has on their lives.
That's why we're here, and not just me but all the staff here at Valley Crisis Center. We work very hard as a team for these women, she said.
They say they'll do what they can with what they have for every person who comes to them for help. They haven't turned anyone away and hopes they'll never have to.