Family Counseling Service Loses United Way Funding
The United Way of Northern New York has pulled its funding from an agency which offers mental health services, including counseling to victims of domestic violence and sex abuse.
It's not just the rejection that is raising eyebrows, it's also how the bad news was delivered.
The letter suggests Family Counseling has been less than forthright about its financial situation.
"After being a United Way partner over 50 years, yes, it seems a little harsh," said Lisa Weber, a board member for Family Counseling.
Family Counseling has been having financial problems and is considering a merger with another agency.
Still, the United Way news came as a big disappointment for a group which says the need is greater than ever.
"In the last three years, we have more than tripled client visits, so we know the need is there," said Weber.
But Weber says the situation is not the disaster the letter portrays.
"We lost $5,600 last year. For a non-profit, it's not that bad."
The letter, though, lectures the organization for doing that.
Family Counseling is planning to make up the $50,000 loss in funding with a fund drive and a strategy to get more reimbursement from insurance companies.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Watertown, NY
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