TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO / WAWV) — Reach Services in Terre Haute announced it has temporarily closed its doors due to a lack of funding, sources confirmed to mywabashavalley.com.
The closure took effect on Monday.
Sarah Chandler, Executive Director of Reach Services, recalled seeing a homeless man sitting on the porch of the center, waiting for them to open. But no one was there.
“There was a man sitting on the porch and I just started bawling,” Chandler explains. “It’s devastating to know they were just sitting there, not knowing where to go and just sitting there waiting for us to open and it broke me. So, I really hope we can get this back open.”
The center provides a number of resources to the local homeless community.
“We have been paying out of pocket for all of the services that we can not bill for to the state. So, we did it as long as we could but, unfortunately, in order to continue offering the other services we currently offer, we had to, unfortunately, make this temporary cut,” Chandler said.
Chandler also noted the organization had a promise of funding they were counting on to stay afloat, but, it fell through. Now, they are scrambling to figure out how to raise the funds needed to reopen these vital services.
“It’s, unfortunately, a huge blow to those who utilize our services at Pathways and I am fearful that this could exacerbate some of the issues they currently face,” Chandler said.