By Branden Ferguson, Multi Media Video Journalist - bio | email
CELINA, OHIO -
After 15 years of receiving state funding, Mercer County's "Our Home Family Resource Center" now faces a 50 thousand dollar shortfall.
The center serves as a place for parents to visit with their kids in a safe environment, under professional supervision. Reaching and Assisting Families in Transition, or RAFT, is a program used during custody battles and as a request of the court. In years past, the RAFT program was paid for by a state grant, but this year, Director Kathy Mescher received a surprise.
With 17 families making one to two visits a week, Program Coordinator Karla Kessler is concerned for not only the future of the program, but the future of her families.
The RAFT program's fate now rests on the shoulders of area residents and businesses to pitch in and help foot the 50 thousand dollar bill. If you would like to make a donation to the program or would like more information on the program, call 419-596-4663.