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St. Martin Council on Aging Budget Cuts

"We know about Governor Jindal's proposal to remove tax exempt status from organizations such as ours," said LeJeune. "So, that's going to cause a hardship. So, my focus now is on fundraising."

 

As a veteran to non-profit work and grant writing, LeJeune says the prospects are high, especially with a new board behind him. Board Chairman Don Resweber agrees.

 

"The brand new board is young, they're so excited about doing things for the elderly, keeping the elderly at home," said Resweber.

 

The agency's "Meals on Wheels" program as well as other services to the elderly may be impacted by cuts. A possible statewide sales tax hike could also put a strain on resources. However, LeJeune says it's too soon to know exactly how and where they'll have to pick up slack.

 

"How that is going to impact us, we won't know until that day gets here," said LeJeune. "It's kind of like, you see a hurricane coming, you know it's going to cause damage, but you don't know how much until it hits."

 

But one thing is for sure, the new leaders of the agency say no matter what happens, their mission remains the same.

 

"I find that the elderly feel that they're in the wake and that's what we want to change," said Resweber. "(To) make them feel comfortable in their golden years."

 

-Caroline Balchunas

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