After 36 years, local shelter closes - KLFY News 10

After 36 years, local shelter closes

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After decades of being open, Acadiana Youth, Inc. had to close one of their three shelters.

The Children's Shelter had served thousands of children in Acadiana over the past 36 years. However the program was unable to continue operations as a result of financial losses and state budget cuts. The shelter was considered an emergency shelter for children who were in a tough situation and needed immediate, short term housing.

Vicki Boudreaux executive director for Acadiana Youth says there is no other facility in Acadiana like it. Which Boudreaux says is the saddest part because now if a local child is in need of housing during an emergency situation, they may have to go outside of Acadiana for help.

Acadiana Youth's mission to provide a safe, loving environment continues on in their two other residential programs, Maison De Mere and STEPS, both focused on providing treatment to adolescent girls.

If you'd like to help keep those two programs up and running please donate by calling 337-237-1320 or visit their website at Thechildrensshelters.org.

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