The partial government shutdown has reached day three and for one local non profit organization, it came as a rude awakening.
"We got notification today that the federal funding that we rely on each month - we're not going to see any reimbursement for those funding activities until the government is back up and running," said Jennie Hill.
Hill is the Executive Director for Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA of the South Plains. The organization recruits and trains community members who advocate for kids in the foster care system who have been abused or neglected.
"This would be funding to help our staff as well as mileage reimbursements for our volunteers to go see the foster children that we serve as well as funding to cover benefits for our staff, so it's really key and critical for us," Hill said.
She says the advocates are assigned to serve any youth that comes into foster care in the area. They place them as far away as Amarillo, Tulia and Houston and are required to periodically check on the children they place.
Hill says if the shutdown continues, ultimately it's the foster care children who will suffer.
"We won't be able to serve as many kids as we would like to. Unfortunately, we know that last year there were over 1,200 children in foster care in our area, so that would mean less and less of those kids would be able to have a CASA because of the funding stalemate."
The South Plains Food Bank may also face some problems.
"If this really lingers on for even a month, we're going to see an increase in families coming out here for services," said Chief Development Officer of the Food Bank Lyn Garcia. "We do receive USDA commodities and distribute those through the government, but ours have all been purchased and we've been guaranteed that those will all be coming until January.
That's the time the Food Bank would begin to worry, but they do have a backup plan.
"We always have money set aside and allocated in reserve funds if we need to purchase food because we will be here for our families that we've made promises to that we're going to provide them with food and we will be able to do that."
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