Questions arise about whether the city will continue to fund the Rape Crisis Center

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Budget talks among Chattanooga City Council members will continue over the next few weeks. At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the CEO of one of Chattanooga’s largest nonprofits spoke up about a line item that she says may have been overlooked in the creation of the budget. the CEO of the Partnership says that after looking

The CEO of the Partnership says that after looking at the budget the funding that is generally given to the partnership is nowhere to be found so she pleaded with the council to go back and find room to continue supporting their mission.

Pam Ladd, the CEO of the Partnership, says, “It’s the reason I come to work at the partnership every single day. It’s to advocate, to sustain our programs because I see the outcomes and I see the changed lives.”

Ladd says those lives will be drastically impacted if the city council doesn’t fund their rape crisis center as they have in previous years.

Ladd pleaded, “I was a little concerned when I looked at the new budget and I can’t find any funding for the rape crisis center.”

Ms. Ladd pled to the council in the last portion of the meeting that they find the 65 thousand dollars that is needed to provide the services in the community.

“They have a private quiet facility to come to with specially trained people who understand what’s happened to them mentally as well as emotionally,” says Ladd.

Ladd says that nearly 80% of their clients come from Chattanooga alone and for the last 10 years they have been able to provide them with an exam, a case worker, and a court advocate. Ladd wants to the council to understand that their work comes full circle and makes for better communities.

Ladd believes “to stabilize that life helps our economy when people get their life back together from a horrifying experience find a job, get back in school, work with their children find a new home that’s a safe environment for him those are great stories.Council members I spoke with told me that the portion of the budget that this would fall under may be the set that they will discuss next.

Council members say that the portion of the budget that this would fall under may be the set that they will discuss next.

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