Organization not offering services
The Alliance Against Family Violence, which traditionally has provided services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Leavenworth County, has been temporarily shut down, the organization's board president confirmed.
"We're hoping to get back up and running very soon," Board President Megan Waters said.
But Waters said she cannot yet offer a timeline for when services will resume.
She said grant funding issues are the reason why the Alliance cannot offer services at this time.
She said the Alliance receives most of its funding from grants that are provided through the state, and at least some of this money originates at the federal level.
She said the Alliance has been slow in receiving grant money.
Waters said this is an issue that also has been impacting other agencies across the state.
She said the shutdown of the Alliance "kind of happened at the staff level" rather than through board action.
Waters said she learned that staff members of the Alliance signed layoff letters around Nov. 10.
A message posted Nov. 21 on the Alliance's Facebook page reported that the agency "is temporarily closed as we restructure the organization."
Waters said everyone who was receiving shelter services through the Alliance has been relocated.
People who contact the Alliance now are referred to a state crisis line.
Waters said she hopes the Alliance eventually will be able to provide all of the services it previously offered. But officials may initially focus on core services that are needed the most.
Waters said she plans to release more information as it becomes available.