Cumberland rape crisis center lays off staff

Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County

July 26, 2011 4:31:35 AM PDT
A local organization known for helping women in crisis says it is forced to lay off full-time staff members.

Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County has been serving the community for years. Friday the center learned it is not receiving the funding needed to pay its staff.

"The grant itself to hold us over until the state released their funds is $35,000, so we had to tell our employees Friday that essentially they were laid off -- that they would not be receiving a paycheck," said Deanne Hardin, executive director Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County.

So far this year, the center has helped more than 206 victims of sexual related assault and rape.

Despite not getting paid, three full-time employees who were laid off, including Hardin, were back in the office Monday morning helping victims.

"They all came to work today, and their response was someone's got to be here to help the victims," Hardin said. "And we're helping the victims."

In addition to the three full-time employees who are now volunteering their time, Rape Crisis has about 40 volunteers.

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