Calhoun's Community Resources, a local social service agency, is struggling with continued budget cuts, according to director Janet McCormick. The non-profit agency, located in Grantsville, provides a variety of services to low-income Calhoun residents.

A decrease in funding from the state's Office of Economic Opportunity is causing a big crunch for the eleven-county agency, according to Director Melanie Pagliaro, CRI's director in Parkersburg. Continued decreases are planned through 2006.

While admitting it is a problem, Pagliaro says "We will try and keep all the offices open," seeking other avenues of funding. Some office employees have already been cut.

McCormick said the primary goal of CRI is to help the poor obtain basic necessities, and to develop a means to change those systems which cause poverty.

Services available through the Calhoun office include case management, on-line job registration, weatherization assistance, financial counseling, public transportation and emergency assistance for food, utility and prescription needs.

Two trained AmeriCorps members provide guidance in assisting clients in becoming "job ready". Assistance is provided in obtaining a GED, personal appearance tips, interviewing skills and basic computer classes.

McCormick said through the local CRI Thrift Store the public is provided clothing and household goods at very low prices. Proceeds from the thrift store are used to meet emergency needs of the low income citizens of Calhoun County.

McCormick is making a plea for contributions. "I am asking the Citizens of Calhoun County to consider Calhoun Community Resources, Inc. with any donations in helping with the operational costs to keep our doors open and to be able to continue the many services we offer to our citizens of Calhoun County," she said.

Further information please contact Janet McCormick, Community Resources, Inc. Calhoun County Director at 354-9265.

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