Monday, May 02, 2016

New Staffer Behind Grant Cuts

 Posted on 5/2/2016 4:09 PM by Pete McIntyre 107.5 KISSFM
Vernon's rep in Victoria says he is guardedly optimistic about finding funding to help some struggling non profit groups. The Upper Room Mission, which provides meals to the less fortunate, and Nexus BC which recruits volunteers for non profits, have both had to reduce services due to cuts to their gaming grants. Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster says he's been talking about solutions with Community Minister Peter Fassbender. "I'm always guardedly optimistic. We are doing our best from this end, meeting with the minister, lots of discussion with my colleagues. We are trying to move forward on it," Foster tells Kiss FM. Foster is not sure what can be done, considering the grants have been issued. "We've got all kinds of suggestions but no answers, so hopefully over the next weeks, we'll be able to come up with some answers for folks." Foster says a staffing change appears to be one reason the grants went to different groups. "What happened was, the person who ran the gaming for years and years, she retired, and she had a way of doing things that was different from the people who came in behind her, so we're trying to smooth that transition out a little bit." The local John Howard Society is also in danger of losing a 25-thousand dollar grant for helping the needy with things like dental surgery that are not covered by other programs.

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