A Concord-based nonprofit that provides assistance for families dealing with domestic violence and other issues cut 12.8 full-time positions this week after receiving $300,000 less in donations this year than last, its director said.
The poor economy led to fewer foundation and individual donors than in years past, said Gloria Sandoval, CEO of STAND For Families Free of Violence, at the same time demand for its services has increased.
"We hope that there will be a very limited difference to our clients, mostly because we will restructure how we deliver services," she said. "There may be in some cases longer waits for service delivery.
"More people are calling our crisis line and more families are needing shelter," she said.
In 2011, about 15,000 clients called STAND's crisis hotline, up from about 13,000 in 2008, she said.
Two years ago, two longtime Concord agencies -- STAND Against Domestic Violence and the Family Stress Center -- merged to create the new nonprofit. While there were initial concerns that consolidation would lead to job and program losses, Sandoval said the merger likely staved off cuts for a couple of years.
She hopes to make the agency leaner and more efficient, while continuing all its services.
"We're not closing any programs specifically. We're doing some reorganization and restructuring to allow that to happen," Sandoval said.
Those laid off will lose their jobs at the end of the month.
The nonprofit receives funding from local, county, state and federal government, but also corporate, foundation and individual donors.
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Concord-based STAND For Families Free of Violence is facing funding issues, as it collected about $300,000 less in foundation and individual donations in 2011.
To donate to the organization that helps families deal with violence, call 925-603-0144 or mail a check to STAND For Families Free of Violence, 1410 Danzig Place, Concord, CA 94520.
For families in need of assistance, call the 24-hour hotline at 888-215-5555.