Spokane children's shelter fears big funding cuts


by KREM.com & Honora Swanson


Posted on October 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:38 PM

SPOKANE-- Washington's legislature will soon examine what state services will no longer receive state funding.
A Spokane’s children's shelter fears losing their state dollars which would force them to slash their services to kids.

Sally’s House is a part of the Salvation Army. It takes kids in when their parents aren't able to provide a safe place.

Kids living at Sally's House face various challenges. The shelter takes care of children who's parents are in jail, on drugs, or abusive.

Eighteen children a day depend on Sally's House for care, meals and a place to lay their head.
This costs the state $750,000.
Half of Sally's House budget is slated to be cut by January 1st and the entire budget by July 1st.

That loss in revenue would force the program to cut staff, slashing the amount of children they can take in.

Karen Oliphant works with kids every week and says the attention they receive even helps their behavior at school.

If children can no longer go there in tough times, sally's house says they don't know where they would go.

The legislature is expected to make the decision to cut that funding in December.
Besides state funding, donations are necessary to keep it running.
Click here to donate to Sally’s House.