SHREVEPORT, La. (KMSS) — The Centerpoint Community Services Center in Shreveport is closing its’ doors temporarily due to funding issues.
The organization services over 25,000 people annually in 11 parishes across Northwest Louisiana. The services offered are funded through federal and state grant programs.
“We have a walk in service for a number of emergency circumstances from food to housing, shelter, utilities assistance, prescription assistance and other income support needs,” said Terri Axelson, who works with the organization.
One of the biggest programs offered by the center is 211 connections, which is a referral system in case of a crisis situation.
Seven employees will be affected by the temporary closure including Axelson but she is confident that something will be worked out over the next ninety days.
“We have been very encouraged how much support we have from the community, from the contractors and most of all i have to give great praise to the board, because they are very committed to their community and their service,” said Axelson.
The Board of Directors are currently looking for different avenues for funding and while no exact date for reopening has been set, officials are hoping for answers over the next few months.