JACKSONVILLE - "Ever since the economy has taken a little dip we have found ourselves in a situation where that is multiplied."
Roger Pharr is the Director of Development for the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee County. He says the organization takes in cases of victims in abusive relationships by providing help with things like food and counseling. Pharr tells KETK, they're facing a big problem right now.
"Because people are really needing to hold on to every dime, our local funding, our donations have seen a decline and were having to do more with less."
Pharr says the crisis center is funded three ways:
Through state funding which could be shrinking, through donations, which people are giving less, and through the Crisis Center Thrift Store. We caught up with the Crisis Center Thrift Store manager Sue Price who tells us how essential the Crisis Center is for those in need.
"Not only does it get the public involved it also gets help to the public."
Experts say that help, without continued support, could be in jeopardy. Experts tell us, turning people away is not an option so they're looking at new ways to meet people's needs.
"What we may see again is and hopefully it wont come to this point, but is having to say, were going to have to put you on a waiting list for counseling again because they're in s stressful situation, they need to talk to somebody but you can only do what the funds allow you to do."