Elva Beltran, director of PACC since 1997, said they are requesting individuals to host a table for $250 and that "anybody who wants to come," may.
"This is the first time the Coordinating Council
has tried doing something like this," Beltran
said, "so we'll see how it goes."
said funding - provided mainly by churches, but also through individuals in the community and the Federal Emergency Management Agency
- has declined this year.
"Some churches have not been able to give the monthly offerings they usually give us," Beltran
said."So, our funding is down this year.Economically, times are really hard.
"We are unable right now to help families, at least for a while.So, the Salvation Army
, in a sense, has taken over."Beltran
said this is only the third time PACC has had to turn people away.
"Usually we are the last resort for people who need help," Beltran
said."Everything is fine when we have the money.It's when we don't have the money that we have to make phone calls (to other agencies).It's not like us to turn people away, but it's just at that point where we have to."Beltran
hopes the fund-raising dinner will provide a much-needed financial boost for PACC
"We expect (the dinner) to be sold out," Beltran