County individuals and civic organizations rallied around the Fulton County Family Justice Center in time of great need.
The Center provides vital support services to those who are victims of violent crimes, including domestic violence and sexual abuse.
The storefront operation at 125 North Fulton Street in Wauseon, which one Archbold police officer calls a critical resource, was in danger of closing due to a loss of grant funding.
The grant, which the Center had received for 14 years, covered the basic cost of operations at the Center, including rent, electricity, lights, and telephones.
Since news about the Justice Center came to light, donors have stepped forward. They know it’s an important resource that must be preserved and supported.
Donors see through the shortsightedness of the grant reviewers. It would be impossible for many of the victims to travel to the centers in Toledo or Defiance for help.
Keith Torbet, Wauseon police chief, said there’s now enough funding on hand to keep it going another six months.
The job is not finished.
More cash must be raised to carry the Center, which provides services at no charge, until another grant or funding source comes along.
In the meantime, crime victims who find themselves in the midst of unimaginable nightmares have a place to turn, when they need it most.