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Senior Citizens, Inc. budget cut a second time

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Senior Citizens, In. received notification in December of a second reduction of funds from the government to a majority of its programs. Some of the programs that received cuts included home delivered meals, adult daytime care, aides in the home, transportation and others.

The latest cuts total $84,134.

These cuts come directly on the heels of sequestration.

In October, SCI lost $138,051 in federal/state funding for those services, but SCI was able to minimize the cuts through increased fundraising efforts and reduction of some staffing.

However, the latest cuts bring a total loss of $210,457 to the agency. Since the cuts have to be recognized by June 30, 2014, SCI is facing a difficult time.

"These grants pay for the services of the lowest-income, highest-need senior – these are clients who are currently receiving meals, seniors we know desperately need the service and truly have no other recourse for nutritional support," Patti Lyons, executive director of SCI, said in a statement. "Because the cuts have to be absorbed in six months, the effect will be stopping service to 168 seniors."

Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers more than 4,500 home-delivered meals and an additional 700 meals for other sites, such as neighborhood senior centers.

SCI serves five counties in Georgia: Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, Liberty and McIntosh. A drastic cut to funding could add to the already large 600 person waiting list to receive food.

SCI is taking proactive measures to raise the $84,000 so that seniors will not have to go without care, and Emergency Fund appeals have been made to local agencies and foundations.

Monetary donations will be collected at Gaslight Group locations, including B. Matthew's Eatery, The 5 Spot, Blowin' Smoke and Abe's on Lincoln throughout December during normal business hours.

Individuals that would like to donate can mail a check to SCI at 302 Bull St. or by donating online at

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