“So when we saw the award we were very pleased,” Peterson said. “That money will go a long way to support the program.”
Peterson said the funds are particularly appreciated due to an increase she has noticed in those needing services. Last year, the shelters were relatively full. This year, the facilities are constantly full and they typically have three to five people on a waiting list at any given time.
“That is a big increase for our community, I believe,” Peterson said.
She attributed much of this increase to changes with the mental health redesign. She has encountered individuals negatively impacted by other communities closing residential care facilities. She said many of these people are "just kind of falling through the cracks."