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Terre Haute Shelter Lays Off Workers To Keep Operating

The Crossroad Connection shelter in Terre Haute is cutting staff so it can keep its doors open.

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A Terre Haute shelter has resorted to layoffs to keep services continuing.

The Crossroad Connection shelter in Terre Haute is cutting staff so it can keep its doors open. Where once there were eight employees, now there are four.   Some of the remaining employees took pay cuts. Rev. Timothy Fagg says the shelter  provides emergency shelter for young girls and is losing around $12,000 per month.  Fagg said he regrets having to let employees go, but at least the shelter can remain open.

“But I don’t think anybody’s happy when you take a pay cut or I don’t think anybody’s happy when you’re told that you don’t have employment any longer,” he said. “You know, that a company that you work for cannot keep you.”

The Crossroad Connection is affiliated with Lighthouse Mission Ministry. The group began running the facility about two years ago. It has a ten bed capacity, but currently only four girls are living there.

Fagg said with little donations and ministry support, it’s difficult to run a shelter.

“Providing shelter for the girls, with that young of age, you need 24-hour supervision. And that’s a problem.”

Fagg said it takes about $500 a day to run the shelter.  He said with the cuts they’ve made, he believes the future of the shelter looks good.

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