Autumn House appeals for funds from town

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PARRSBORO Autumn House helps people in Cumberland County on a daily basis, but its continued survival depends on some of that help being returned.

A delegation from the countys shelter for women and children suffering from domestic violence made a presentation to Parrsboro Town Council at its March 27 monthly session, requesting $1,200 in funding for the coming year.

PARRSBORO Autumn House helps people in Cumberland County on a daily basis, but its continued survival depends on some of that help being returned.

A delegation from the countys shelter for women and children suffering from domestic violence made a presentation to Parrsboro Town Council at its March 27 monthly session, requesting $1,200 in funding for the coming year.

Its a very frustrating exercise to sit around a board table and not know where the next dollar is coming from, said Autumn House board treasurer Karen Dickinson. We are in a crisis situation and I cant imagine what would happen to the county if the house is closed.

Dickinson was joined by board chair Barbara Jack and Autumn House employee Karen Yorke-Gilbert in making the presentation to council. Together they made an earnest plea to the town for assistance, basing the amount of their funding request on a per capita formula.

Located in Amherst, Autumn House provides a non-profit shelter for women and children experiencing domestic violence, as well as a 24-hour crisis hotline. It provides various programs to not only women and children, but abusive men as well, and also delivers outreach services to women around the county.

Mayor Doug Robinson assured the women that council would consider the request during its upcoming budget deliberations.

Organizations: Barbara Jack and Autumn House, Parrsboro Town Council

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Amherst

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