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07/16/03 Tyler

Crisis Center Battles Budget Cuts

A non-profit helping abused women in East Texas is learning to make due with less. The East Texas Crisis Center lost about $31,000 dollars in grant money earlier this year.

Matters grew worse when agency director Lana Peacock learned that another $54,000 had been cut on Tuesday. Peacock is uncertain whether the loss in funding will affect staff positions or services, but, says, if it does, protecting client services will be a top priority.

"When you get a $54,000 cut in funding it takes your breath away," Peacock said Wednesday. Peacock says the only thing she could think of is "how we're going to make up the difference?"

The cut added insult to injury, considering the group was already down about $31,000 in grant money. When you tally the damages, the group has collectively lost $85,000 in grant money.

The center does have a $92,000 grant pending and hopes an upcoming fundraiser with Tyler Ford can ease their budget concerns. For the fundraiser, Tyler Ford has restored and repainted an old 1965 Ford Mustang that will be raffled off next February. All proceeds from the event will benefit East Texas Crises Center.

It's the first year a car has been donated in full, according to Peacock. Because Tyler Ford is offering the car free of charge, every dollar earned in the rifle will go directly to shelter needs.

Businesses like Tyler Ford, Ssnake Oyl Products, Appraisal Associates and Hayes Automotive are already selling tickets for $5. Tickets are also available at the Crisis Center.

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