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Funding woes may force Natchitoches shelter to close its doors

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D.O.V.ES may be forced to close its doors D.O.V.ES may be forced to close its doors
NATCHITOCHES, La. -

A domestic violence shelter in Natchtitoches is facing a severe budget crisis.

Money is quickly running out at D.O.V.E.S., Inc., and the facility may be forced to close its doors by the end of the week.

"I would rather them tell me what's going on than me be blindsided and put on the streets the next day."

One resident of the shelter says she feels like she just left one rocky situation, only to find herself in another.

"It's not fair to us after what we've been through for the state to just not give them the money that they've promised them."

The facility is waiting on $16,000 from the LA Department of Children and Family Services to continue operations.

It's critical funding that D.O.V.E.S. Interim Executive Director, Leslie Methvin, says could make or break the non-profit in the immediate future.

"Basically, our's is from payments that are past due from the state."

Methvin says that money is left over from April, May, and June of the last budget cycle.

Staff are currently working without compensation to keep the shelter operating, and Methvin says, if the worst-case scenario becomes reality, the ten current residents will have to be transferred to other facilities.

"They're dealing with so much as it is and they feel so safe and secure where they are now."

Security that D.O.V.E.S. residents say is being ripped right out from under them.

"We came there out of no other choice. You know, that was our last resort."

The state says DCFS didn't receive appropriate paperwork by the fiscal deadline, resulting in a funding delay.

But DCFS says they're working to process that information, and hopefully restore funding to D.O.V.E.S.

However, a timeline on when that may happen was not available.

The state says the facility received just over $118,000 through their contract with DCFS during fiscal year 2012 to 2013.

D.O.V.E.S says that's a decrease of $41,000 to their annual operating budget.

For more information on the shelter, or how to help, click here.

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