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Triad Rape Centers At Risk Due To Government Shutdown

If the shutdown continues, local crisis centers could have to stop providing life-saving services.
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Safe Place designation placed on door of Family Crisis Center In Asheboro.

ASHEBORO, N.C. — The government shutdown is not only affecting federal agencies, but also local crisis centers who depend on funding.

The Family Crisis Center in Asheboro is one of many rape centers in the state that usually gets funding through grants, but won't this month due to the shutdown. 

"We will not receive that $40,000 which normally depending on when you submit the reimbursement would come in mid to late January," Executive Director, Dare Spicer said.

With no end to the shutdown in sight, she's getting worried. While most of their grant money pays for salaries, it also covers relocation expenses for victims.

"So if we can't pay that rent for her or that utility deposit for her, she may have to stay in the shelter a little bit longer which means that bed is not available for another client to come in. So it has a domino effect going forward," Spicer said.

That means there's no room for someone else trying to leave an abusive situation. 

Spicer's team refuses to fail. It's part of a promise they made after the 2013 government shutdown.

"We said, we would not close our doors, but we would find ways to keep the doors open because we could not lie in the bed at night and know that someone died because our shelter was not open," she said. "So we will find a way. And I hope that other shelters can find a way to keep their doors open." 

In Guilford County, Family Service of the Piedmont won't be getting $60,0000 because of the government shutdown..

It's even more dire, in Davidson County, where Family Services won't get $100,000 this month.

The director there has talked to the power company, asking to keep the lights on at their shelter.