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Less money, more demand at domestic violence centers

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Less money, but a greater demand for services – it’s a tough situation facing domestic violence prevention centers across the nation.

But one center in Pitt County is getting creative as it tries to offset more budget cuts.

The Center for Family Violence Prevention in Greenville operates as a non-profit, not government agency, which means it must apply for most money through state and federal grants.

But over the past few years, government cuts mean those pots of money have been shrinking. It’s a nationwide trend, as more than two-thirds of states report cuts to their domestic violence programs. At the same time, the demand for services is on the rise.

Last year, the Greenville center reduced its budget and its staff, but still provided 8,000 services for more than 1,200 people in three Eastern counties. The center's executive director, Diana Cooper-Mann, says the cuts mean the center has been looking for new ways to become self-sufficient.

"We do the job of a government agency, and we work with the government agencies, but unfortunately, we have to look elsewhere for our funding,” she says. "Because of the writing on the wall, so to speak, that we've seen in the past couple of years with the economy, we've decided to move forward, even if we've got to stick our neck out a little bit this first year."

The strategy: open up a thrift shop at Arlington Village in Greenville that sells used furniture and home goods. My Sister’s Attic will be the first of its kind in Pitt County and will help generate money to offset costs.     

It will join the center’s existing second-hand clothing store, My Sister’s Closet, to rake in extra money. That shop grossed $191,000 last year, $78,000 of which went straight to fund the center’s programs.     

The shop’s grand opening will be Feb. 15. If you'd like to donate items, drop them off at the store in Arlington Village Tuesday through Thursday from 10 - 2. Or call office the center's main office at (252) 758-4400 to arrange another time.


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