The Ottumwa Courier

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October 15, 2013

Safe shelter

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Due to funding cuts and the "reorganization" plan, the Crisis Center is reducing the number of facilities they have. In addition to closing the shelter, they are closing the Church Street office.

"We've had a good response in regards to our community providing for our community," Brown said about the grants, "but we still need canned goods and financial support. And people should know if they collect Christmas presents for the children, we're still going to make sure our outreach kids get them."

All around southeast Iowa, reorganization is moving along fairly smoothly, Brown said.

"It certainly wasn't what we wanted to do, but overall it's going well. I think the victims feel they are having their needs met as well, and safety is still always the main concern."

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

The Crisis Center is collecting old cell phones that will be sent in and traded for working units that can be carried in case of emergency. If you want to donate a phone, and, if you find it, the charger, stop by the Crisis Center offices at 1014 North Elm Street. Contact numbers for the center are 641-683-3122 for the crisis line or 800 464 8340. The office phone number is 641-683-1750.

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