Fran Ricketts, C-CAP director
..."We're suffering bad," said Fran Ricketts, the director of the organization.
has received requests from 11,440 families seeking "all types of aid" in the last eight months, Ricketts
said.That's 5 percent more than in 2007.
"If people would come here and listen to the stories and the hardships, they would know what we're up against," she
Parents come in "all the time" asking for gas money to get to a new job, Ricketts
said.Without that assistance, "they wouldn't be able to get their first paycheck." Ricketts
also mentioned a Monday visitor "who was barely surviving."A problem with drainage in his
home sent him into a panic, she
said, because he
didn't have the money to buy a bottle of Drano.
"One small thing is pushing people over the limit," she
funds have dried up drastically in the last few months, Ricketts
said it has been a struggle to raise money for a new building while trying to help clients during the economic crunch.
"We can't shortchange the work we do in the community to get a building.But without a building, we can't exist," Ricketts
said."It's a rough spot to be in." She
hopes donations will increase in the coming weeks so that C-CAP
can eventually reopen on Fridays.
"It's hard to ask for more money, but in order for us to reach out to those who are in need, we need to ask for more help," she
said."Without that, we're nothing."
For more information about C-CAP
or to learn about supporting the agency, call Fran Ricketts