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Economy Forces Charitable Organizations to Cut Back on Services

By Elise Preston
NewsChannel10

AMARILLO--- Amarillo organizations geared to the homeless will trim their Fourth of July services to save resources.

Downtown, Faith City Ministries will not host their annual Independence Day events.  The center has also canceled walk-in services for the holiday weekend. Those services include clothing and sack lunch programs. Administrators tell NewsChannel10, They hope to save resources for larger holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"Fourth of July is very important to our country.  Needless to say, Christmas and Thanksgiving is our family time.  The people we serve don't have families intact." Director, Jerry Billington tells NewsChannel 10.

Families who temporarily reside at the shelter will still have access over the holiday weekend. Some supporters of Faith City Ministries are grateful for the services the ministry does provide, but they feel many homeless will be disappointed.

"They should focus on all holidays, because all holidays, whether its the big ones or little ones are family times.  A lot of the homeless don't have families to go to or help them, but right here," said Mandy Johnson.

Back in March, Faith City Ministries, laid off its staff by nearly 30 percent.  With the staff skimmed in numbers, remaining employees are overworked.  Director Jerry Billington hopes to have a full staff and resume special events for the 2011 Holiday Season.

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