RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - It's been a tough month for workers and residents of a Heartland shelter for women and children in crisis.
The facility they count on is also in crisis.
the Ripley County Crisis Shelter was forced to close their doors July 1, 2012 due to a recent loss of a major funding source.
The current residents were transferred to other locations and 5 staff members were laid-off.
The director of the shelter hopes it is temporary until the organization can raise operating funds. The director tells us the facility runs entirely on donations which is about $100,000.00.
Currently, the facility needs $70,000 to run the shelter and organizers are asking for monetary donations in order to reopen.
"I've been there, but I can't imagine being in their situation," said Chelsea Webber of Doniphan. "I can't imagine the pain that they feel. They are going to blame themselves; they're going to blame themselves for what happened. And, these people that take care of them and defend them - they don't have them anymore."
We're told the 24 bed facility is full most of the time and in almost 9 years the shelter has helped thousands of people in crisis.
"They're not ready yet to be forced out on their own and try to have somewhere to live," added Webber. "And they could be homeless for all we know."