I know many of the new readers coming to RRW are surprised to learn that most liberal-leaning non-profit groups, even church groups, are heavily funded by federal and state government. Losing that taxpayer money can often mean the end of some or all of an organization’s programs like this one in Joliet, IL.
JOLIET – Last week, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet was forced to lay off staff and announced it would be closing some of its programs due to lack of funding.
Some programs, such as the Refugee Resettlement Program, are slated to close in the next few weeks, while others, such as St. Elizabeth’s Residence for senior women in Joliet, would close by the end of June.
According to Kathleen McGowan, executive director for the agency, years of inadequate funding from state and federal government sources and a lack of business for some programs have caused most of the drastic measures.
Refugee Resettlement can be a cutthroat business with volags competing with each other for immigrants to resettle. So, I suspect that Ms. McGowen is referring to that when she says they have a “lack of business for some programs.”
The International Institute of Erie, PA we wrote about yesterday must be having the same problem.