GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- A non-profit organization that serves four northeast Alabama counties and provides a safe place for teens to stay is closing down in November for a short time.
The Ogden House in Guntersville will shut its doors because of funding issues.
"The Ogden House is a shelter for youth, ages 12 to 18, we serve both male and female," says Tennessee Valley Family Services Executive Director Sue Ann Wharton, "We're a Safe Place organization, so we accept youth by their own referral and also we work with the court system with youth that are runaways or at risk of becoming delinquent."
Tennessee Valley Family Services is a non-profit that encompasses the Ogden House. "We're funded through grants and then other funding sources locally," Wharton explains.
Right now though, the entity is having financial issues.
"The latest issue is that we've lost our funding that funds Safe Place and Ogden House," Wharton says.
So, the executive board had to make a tough decision. "To close the shelter tentatively until we can restructure the program, look at funding sources, write grants, and build on community involvement," Wharton says.
That time is also planned to fix some problems around the house that are in much need of repair.
Wharton says they need the community's support.
"Prayers, first and foremost, and then of course volunteerism," Wharton says, "Then in November we're going to be looking at having some fundraisers and in December as well."
Wharton says they hope to be back open early next year or spring, but they need help to do it.
While Ogden House is shut down, the court system will find other places for the teens.
If you would like to help you can reach Ogden House at 256 - 582 - 0377.