Buckner Cutting Out Vital Program - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/6/02

Buckner Cutting Out Vital Program

Buckner children and family services of Lubbock has lost some federal funding, and will have to cut out on one of its vital programs. The program is called Residential Treatment which helps children in a crisis.

Buckner Director Melissa Opheim says they have less money coming in from federal funding because of a weak stock market. Right now, they have 110 children in their residential treatment program that will no longer receive the care. "We grieve that lost, but in order to continue service and prevention and the core of what we've always been, our children's home campus, it was a decision that to be made," said Opheim on Tuesday.

Opheim says non-profit organizations across the state will have to cut back on some of their programs because of less money.

Buckner has been operating since 1958, and currently helps 1,030 families and children in the Lubbock area.

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