Government shutdown hurting nonprofit organizations

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

KNOX Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Serving more than 1,000 children across Southeastern Kentucky the Dovie Thompson Child Development Center is one example of services the KCEOC provides.

The nonprofit organization has support service programs in Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle and Whitley Counties.

However, President and CEO Paul Dole said the government shutdown will hurt these services and more on the first of November.

As a parent Dole said he can relate.

"I'd be highly upset as a parent knowing I was counting on those services being provided for my child and then all of a sudden being taken away," said Dole.

Staff is in the planning stages of notifying parents and letting everyone know their child development grant could be lost.

"It's really going to slow us down in what we're trying to accomplish here," Dole said. "Improving the community and building self-sufficiency within families because we're they're support system and we're going to disappear for a little period of time looks like."

Staff members continue making donations and taking leave trying to help balance the budget, but Dole said it may not be enough.

"This is a possibility," said Dole. "Make your plans now if you're going to miss a check or two."

KCEOC officials said they just want to get back to full operation as soon as possible.

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