Home For Runaway, Homeless Kids In Jeopardy

9:44 PM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- A shelter for runaway and homeless youth in the Triad could have to close its doors soon, so it's turning to the community for help.

Act Together Crisis Care is struggling to stay open after the Guilford County Department of Social Services pulled nearly 45 percent of its funding.

"I mean, obviously we're very upset that the future of this facility is in jeopardy," said the center's executive director, Chuck Hodierne.

The 12-bed shelter, which served 213 children last year, had a $558,000 budget before the cuts. The center is now working with about $250,000 less than normal.

Now, Hodierne and the center are asking for your help.

Act Together is hosting a yard sale at the center on Huffine Mill Road Saturday to help raise funds. They are welcoming the public to donate items for the yard sale Friday, June 29.

Hodierne hopes the community can help because many of the young people that come to Act Together don't have anywhere else to turn for help.

"For the kids, it's going to mean, if this shelter doesn't exist, that kids that are homeless aren't gonna have a safe place to go," said Hodierne. "So, they'll go back to being on the streets and sleeping under bridges, and cars, and abandoned houses."

The center will also reach out to the City of Greensboro and Guilford County for additional funds.

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