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Providence House to end vital domestic violence services

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Local victims of domestic violence will soon face even more challenges. Providence House announced Thursday that it will end its domestic violence program and safe house. The house helped more than 2,000 abuse victims find safety, that number includes 484 single women and more than one thousand children. Those numbers are from just the past 5 years. Back in 2009, Providence House took on responsibility for domestic violence help from the YWCA when it shut down. Now, the house is looking for an organization to fill their place.

"It's a terrible situation, and it's been painful for us and very hard for us to come to this decision," Simone Hennessee, the house's executive director, said. "It has not been easy."

Providence House will end its domestic violence program and close its safe house on May 31st. Hennessee says it's because of financial constraints. The house doesn't have the $500,000 needed from state or private sources to keep abuse services available.

"We can't sustain our core program, which is the program to break the homeless cycle and this one the dwindling resources," Hennessee said.

Hennessee says Providence House is entering a transition period where they'll work with both state and local officials to find a replacement.

"We as Providence House have no control over who will take this program after us," Hennessee said. "It is important that there is a facility in our area. We know that, and our job is to help a transition into another organization."

Hennessee says it's too soon to tell what organization will take on the domestic violence services. She stresses that no victim of abuse will go unhelped in our area. The victims hotline will remain open after May 31st.

"They will be refereed, but they will be taken care of. that much I can guarantee that nobody here that is running from a domestic violence situation will not be able to find safety," Hennessee said.

Victims can seek help at Providence House until April 30th, but they and other abuse victims must depart the safe house by May 25th. Again, Providence House will end domestic violence services on May 31st, but it will continue to serve area homeless unchanged.

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