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Shutdown causes nonprofits to cut hours, services

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Beds at Shade Tree were empty as a result of cut services. (FOX5) Beds at Shade Tree were empty as a result of cut services. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The effects of the government shutdown have trickled down to nonprofit services in Clark County. 

Shade Tree, the state's only full service, 24-hour shelter that helps women and children, will no longer be accepting families 24 hours a day, but now only twice a day.

They will continue their intake services at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the afternoon only.

"All of us are used to dealing with a crisis, but we can prepare for that kind of crisis," said Executive Director of Shade Tree Marlene Richter. "This is a little different."

Richter says 10 percent of their staff will be laid-off until further notice. The rest of the staff will reduce hours, which has then lead to night programs being cut.

"Our life skills program and the children's center, all of the socializing that they're able to do. Our workforce program is down to four days," Richter said.

Other nonprofit's such as the Rape Crisis Center say they too will have to cut services if the government shutdown continues.

"Unfortunately, because of the shutdown those award letters haven't gone to the state from the feds," said Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center Daniele Dreitzer. "The state isn't doing their award letters to the nonprofits that receive that funding.

Dreitzer says a program called 'Your Space' that educates students on the dangers of cyberspace and violence prevention would be cut. They have until Nov. 1.

"If we want to put an end to sexual violence, we have to educate our young people and change those social norms and the way people think about how we relate to one another," said Dreitzer. 

The Rape Crisis Center says nearly half of all of their funding comes from the federal government, but the critical phone calls that come in from sexual assault victims won't be cut.

Shade Tree they say about a third of their government funding comes from the federal dollars.

They are accepting donations to help fund their operations during this time. The public can call (702) 385-0072 ext. 101 or 107 or go directly to their web site: http://www.theshadetree.org/

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