Area Non-Profit Struggling Through The Government Shutdown

MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WHNT) — As the Government shutdown continues to move forward day by day, an area non-profit is wondering how it will get through them.

Kelley’s Rainbow is a non-profit domestic violence shelter in Marshall County. Although located in Albertville, the organization doesn’t just serve Marshall County residents. It welcomes Cherokee and DeKalb Counties as well.

Yonnie Beam is the executive director of Kelley’s Rainbow. She says the shelter provides everything victims need to live when they come to stay.

That costs money. Money that Beam says is becoming a scarce commodity since October first.  “With the Government shutdown all of our federal money is at a standstill. The majority of our salaries are paid through federal grant money,” Beam says.

She says Kelley’s Rainbow has enough money to last until the end of November – maybe.  She says state funding has slowly dwindled over the years, and because of the economy, so have donations.

Beam says because it’s the only domestic violence shelter in three counties, it’s so vital to keep it running, despite the lack of federal funding. “We need this to stop. We need them to understand that this affects more than they know,” Beam says.

She says despite everything, the doors are still open and they’ll do anything to keep them that way.

Government shutdown or not.

To learn how to help the shelter, follow this link. 

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