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Tallahassee's Refuge House, other nonprofits can continue service thanks to Blueprint funds

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 17:25:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Relief for local nonprofits approved by the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency board Wednesday will help places like the Refuge House and other local organizations continue operating.

The $1 million allocated to nonprofits will be available to them while they wait for more assistance from the federal government.

Meg Baldwin, the Refuge House director, says this allows them to continue to provide adequate services without the financial strain.

"My understanding of this funding support is those resources will be available for us to be able to house those folks that would otherwise come in to our emergency shelter in hotels or small apartments so that they don't lose services," said Baldwin.

Baldwin says this time of isolation is critical for those who deal with domestic violence, as victims are more than likely home with their abuser.

Calls at the center have been significantly low. Baldwin wants those who need help to know they are fully operational.