TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A faith-based agency in northwest Ohio is preparing to close its doors next month after 14 years of helping poor single mothers in Toledo.
Leaders of the Women Blessing Women agency tell The Blade newspaper ( http://bit.ly/Kj8wDB ) that there's not enough money to stay open. They say the agency has lost some key government grants that contribute its annual budget of $113,000.
Women Blessing Women was founded by a group of Catholic nuns and began serving people in Toledo's poorest neighborhoods in 1998. The nonprofit worked with local shelters to provide spiritual guidance, literacy training and GED classes.
Sister Nancy Mathias, an ex-officio board member, says at the agency's peak, Women Blessing Women served just over 440 women. The number of participants for most years was between 200 and 300.
Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/