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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Every state agency's budget is being cut by 25% for the month of June. The Governor ordered the cuts to help carry the state through the end of the fiscal year without getting into the red. Some agencies will get help from stimulus money, but not all. It's more bad news for state-funded groups already struggling to provide services after previous drastic cuts.

As unemployment rises, so too does the number of victims on the list of the Liberty House, but funds to support them are few and far between. "Every year there's just more and more and there's less that we're able to do," said Silke Deeley, who runs the Liberty House, which serves battered women and their children.

Last year, they saw a 60% increase in cases. This year, cases are up even more, but funds have been cut and more cuts are being made by the Governor.  Deeley said, "Resources are drying up in other agencies that we would collaborate with. They don't have the resources either and so when they're cutting back, where do we get the funds to do what we need to do for these victims."

She's working to bring in federal stimulus dollars, but the use of that money is very specific. "When they restrict you in that way and you don't have the opportunity to spend that money even if you can access it, what good is that?"

But they'll continue to do the most good for the victims in some of life's worst moments, with the little money they do have. Deeley says one way to help with the budget cuts is for the community to offer financial support. 

If you would like to contribute to the Liberty House, give them a call. That number is 439-7094.  

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