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CHARLESTON, WV -

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut necessary funding to children and family services throughout the Mountain State, but those affected are speaking up.

Carolyn Wesley, director of the East End Family Resource Center, said the center could potentially close the after-school program if funding from the governor is not restored.

My prayer would be we would be able to stay open, enough guts from the people in the community but the truth of the matter is we might just have to shut down

“My prayer would be we would be able to stay open,” Wesley said. “The truth of the matter is we might just have to shut down.”

Wesley said the community might just have to pitch in to keep her dream alive, but she is asking the governor to reconsider the cuts being made to West Virginia’s future — children.

Right now, the center has two part-time (equivalent to full-time) instructors which would have to come down to one 20-hour a week person, Wesley said.

She said without the extra money to pay another part-time position children would arrive after school around 2:30 p.m., but the center would not have an instructor until about one and a half hours later.

“We are struggling to do what we can with what we have,” Wesley said. “I think I speak for family resource and community resource centers across the state.”

Richard Lindsay is a board member with the center and democratic candidate for the 37th district of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

His campaign has largely contributed to the need for children services, especially when it comes to working families.

“They rely as a non-profit on people coming in and working hard, wanting to know there is certainty in (their) jobs,” Lindsay said. “That’s why this funding is important.”

Lindsay said working families in Charleston should be able to rely on their children having a safe environment and place to go, free of charge, after school.

He said data supports the fact that contributing to children, the future of the state, certainly allows for a return on that investment.

Tomblin was invited to take a tour of the resource center, but his office said he was unable to attend.