Friday, June 10, 2011

Cape Area Family Resource Center to close its doors

Many residents south of Shawnee Parkway in Cape Girardeau feel that they have been forgotten because they are more and more frequently forced to leave their community in order to get assistance.

Now the Cape Area Family Resource Center, one of the last hold outs bucking this trend, is scheduled to close its doors in early July if it cannot find more funding soon.

The Center currently serves members of the community from nearly every age bracket.

Interim Director Pat King fears what the closure could mean for the children she serves.

“So many times people from… I’m from this community two blocks over three blocks up born and raised live in this community by choice raised my kids in this community. But if the center closes there’s not going to be anything for them to do. I mean you don’t gotta be a scientist, you can drive up and down streets all day and see kids that should be in school that are just hanging out. And I fear that’s only gonna get worse,” King said.

Despite the challenges, King and members of the Board of Directors state that they are hopeful that even if the center closes they will be able to still provide some services in some way.

Tim Filla, KRCU


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