(Atlantic) - The Cass County Board of Supervisors heard an informational report from Family Crisis Support Network at their meeting this morning.
Wendy Richter, Director of FCSN, said there have been rumors that since they didn’t get their grant funding that the shelter is closing. She said that is not true. Beginning July 1, with the regionalization, any entity that was not funded will not be recognized as a crime victim service agency. She said right now they have a lot of questions as to what they can and cannot do.
Ritcher affirmed, “What we cannot do is serve victims of crime any longer. They are taking that away. To my understanding, there’s a process of entities such as mine that we have done in the past that we could make application to do so. They didn’t want to approve that application and we have not seen that application, so I do not know what that means at this point.”
Richter said all of southwest Iowa is now part of Region 4. Catholic Charities out of Council Bluffs has been funded by the Crime Victim Assistance Division of the Attorney General’s Office to do crime victim service work. Richter said she does not know what they will do with any victims of crime that come forward that need shelter because Catholic Charities has made it clear that they do not want to contract with FCSN.
“I understand that and I understand that subcontracting with other entities can be a pain. However, there is language in there though that allows them to pay local hotels/motels, so I don’t know if that will include being allowed to pay us for hidden funds that we need. I have no idea.” Ritcher announced, “We’ve tried to set up meetings with them and those have been cancelled. To my understanding, they are coming out to meet with Dan Fiestner and Darby McLaren next week, so we may know more then.”
Richter said they have had conversations with other entities in the County to determine if there is a need to keep the shelter open. She said it will take some time and they will gather information and see what other avenues they can take. For now they do have resources to continue operating the shelter.
June 19, 2013