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Shoals Crisis Center is out of funds

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

The Shoals Crisis Center lacks funding to respond to sexual assault victims, the agency announced on a Facebook post.

However, Kenneth Boswell, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), which distributes the funds, said this would not affect service to victims.

The post from Shoals Crisis Center Executive Director Samantha Belville, which was made Sunday, states the agency, which used to be called Rape Response, is not receiving funds through ADECA.

"It is with deep regret that we have been forced to stop responding to victims of sexual assault, due to no longer receiving funding through ADECA," the post states.

It goes on to say they are attempting to obtain emergency funding, and have contacted Gov. Kay Ivey's office "but our plea was denied."

"Now, victims and their families will have to travel to Huntsville," the post states. "We are appealing this ruling to the attorney general's office. For now, we are researching options to continue our services to the community, which we have been providing for over 25 years."

ADECA director Kenneth Boswell released the following statement:

For the past year, ADECA's staff has provided technical, one-on-one assistance to the Shoals Crisis Center to address issues related to the terms and conditions of six grants awarded to the center. Because of the center’s inability to adequately document grant expenditures and its failure to meet reported goals and objectives required, ADECA terminated the grants to the Shoals Crisis Center Thursday. While we regret this option, ADECA has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure grant terms and conditions are met per federal guidelines. We will continue to work with the center's board of directors until the issue is resolved.

The agency’s grant termination with the Shoals Crisis Center will have no impact on sexual assault victims. Resources, counseling, exams, etc. that are all critical to helping a victim become a survivor will continue to be available in the Shoals area and calls to the 24-hour crisis line will receive the appropriate attention and level of service needed.

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