Executive director says Bethany Village in Anna not likely to be closing

Recent social media posts have led to concerns about the future of Bethany Village, a women’s shelterin Anna which offers a place for women and children to stay during their time of need.

Some posts suggested the shelter was on the verge of completely shutting down.

Bethany Village’s executive director, Wally King, said there is currently no imminent likelihood that Bethany Village would be closing.

The social media comments addressed concerns about the impact of the state’s budget situation on Bethany Village.

“We always need money, but we are not solely dependent on the state,” King said.

King said that state grants accounts for less than 30 percent of funding for Bethany Village.

Bethany Village is also funded through its thrift shop, fund-raisers and donations.

King reminisced about the time when he was hired as the 13th employee at Bethany Village. Now, the shelter is down to four fulltime staff members and one part-time staff member.

King said they have to work harder and smarter with fewer people, but the ultimate goal is to help the women and children in Bethany Village.

For more information about the shelter or to learn how to volunteer to help with the work done by Bethany Village, call 833-1777 or visit them at 414 E. Davie St. in Anna.

The Gazette-Democrat

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