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Budget cuts jobs at Boys & Girls Home

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Budgets are tight in all three Siouxland states, and cuts at the Capitols impact local agencies.

In fact, less money from the state of Iowa has forced the Boys and Girls Home and Family Services to cut twelve local jobs this week and eliminate a daycare program that employed six others.

But despite the loss, the agency plans to stay focused on the goal.

"As long as there are those who have needs and families who have needs we will find a way to be there. That's the bottom line," says Boys and Girls Home CEO Bob Sheehan.

That's the commitment CEO Bob Sheehan has for his organization the Boys and Girls Home, a locally grown non-profit that began in Sioux City in 1892, with the goal of helping children in need.

But now the organization that spans three states, has hit a fiscal shortfall, as they've recently laid off 40 employees company wide, 12 at there headquarters in Sioux City.

"The first focus is always to the kids and families and so when we have to make cuts the first place unfortunately we have to look is staff who are not necessarily in that direct service," says Sheehan.

The problem the organization says is funding, not from the public, but from the states they serve. In Iowa the ten percent budget cut has hit the organization hard. Meaning, The Boys and Girls Home has had to make a choice, cut back on programs or non-essential staff.

"As the economy gets darker and darker each day we see more and more kids and families needing help, on the other side of that coin the state is struggling so many of the services that we have here are really paid by the state," says Sheehan.

According to Sheehan, it's not going to be a simple fix either. He says asking the state for more money isn't the solution.

"I don't think that is realistic we have to figure out how to live with in these means that's what we have to figure out so we have to continue to do more with less," says Sheehan.

The Boys and Girls Home still offers it's many of it's core programs like simple shelters for runaways or in depth psychological treatment. It's staff may be a little smaller, buts it's doors are always open.

Sheehan says they don't expect any more layoffs in the near future.

Online Reporter: Forrest Saunders

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