An organization that helps battered women and provides children with resources is receiving its own help.
The Thompkins Child and Adolescent Center and Response recently received a $15,000 Community Development Block Grant through county commissioners to pave their parking lot, which before was nothing but gravel.
"Response serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and Thompkins serves adolescents, children, so we’re going to be able to help them even more now," says Janie Malloy, Director of Response.
The center serves steady clients throughout the year, so the new lot was really needed at a time when money is tight.
"We’ve actually had to reduce staff, but on the other side because of the economy the number of clients we’re serving has gone up so we just appreciate the support we’ve been given," says Rod Hollingsworth, Executive Director of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.
"We serve over 1,000 kids here every year so it’s nice to have adequate parking for them, improves accessibility," says Chuck Larrick, Thompkins Executive Director.
The Response center in Perry County was also approved for a CDBG, and will be receiving a new parking lot as well.