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Budget cuts threaten Alzheimer's center

August 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Budget cuts are threatening a Redlands Alzheimer's center that has lost its government funding.For 26 years, Redlands Alzheimer patients have gone to a facility called The Other Place. It is a place where patients are cared for, while their caregivers are at work. But because of a lack of state funding, this non-profit facility might soon have to shut down.

"I'm just caught between a rock and a hard spot right now. If I lose this place I don't know what I will do," said Shirlee Hall.

Hall is the caregiver for her husband Bob, who suffers from a degenerative brain disease. She says if the facility goes away, it would be an incredible burden on the entire family.

"I work full time. I work for the County of San Bernardino. If I didn't have this place, I don't know what would happen," said Hall.

The facility relies on state funding for 50-percent of its budget. But the governor has pulled the plug on that funding, to help balance the state budget. Consequently, because of those cuts, founder Larraine Townend doesn't know how much longer she'll be able to keep the facility open.

"My heart's broken because this is a governor who knows intimately what Alzheimer's does to ravage a family. But I guess if you're wealthy you don't have to worry about it," said Townend.

Townend says she's in desperate need of donations from throughout the community to keep the place afloat. If she doesn't get the money she needs, The Other Place will become yet another victim of the state budget crisis.

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