Malden women's center shuts its doors

MALDEN, MO (KAIT) – Southeast Missouri's oldest women's shelter has officially closed its doors for good.

Region 8 News first reported last month that the shelter was having financial trouble due to the tough economy.

The Center for Family Resources in Malden blames deep budget cuts, a decrease in donations, and the rising cost in providing services.

The board of directors met back on January 18th and decided to temporarily lay off all employees and suspend their benefits with the exception of one employee.

The homeless shelter for mothers and their children was shut down as was the shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence. The Center the Domestic Violence Hotline was disconnected. Parent aid services and the Victim Advocate Program were also suspended.

The center provided emergency shelter for homeless families, shelter for victims of domestic violence, are parenting and children's classes, educational workshops, crisis intervention and counseling.

It's served six counties since 1986.

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