The federal government's partial shutdown has forced
changes at Concerted Services programs.
An official with Concerted Services Inc. in Statesboro
told WTOC that a lot of changes occurred due to the shutdown.
Among the changes:
The only service currently being offered is the
nutritional services for senior citizens. However, the transportation used by
concerted services to bring the senior citizens to them is currently on a
week-to-week funding basis, because that, too, is federally funded. If the
service is cut - Concerted Services will have to find a transportation plan to
bring the food to the senior citizens.
Concerted Services has been forced to cut their
family voucher program that gave out vouchers to families in need for the local
The agency has also cut their efforts to provide
clothing for families in need.
The energy assistance program was scheduled to go
into effect in November or December, but October was meant to be a month of
training for the officials to prepare for it. They are not able to train for
the program because of the shutdown - so the timetable for when the energy
assistance program would start has been delayed indefinitely.
The center's new hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to
Concerted Services in Statesboro only serves Bulloch County.
However, there are 18 other concerted services in other counties in GA. The
only ones that are allowed to remain open are ones with the senior citizens
Counties in Concerted Services' area that do have
these services include Candler, Evans, Toombs and Tattnall.