Local nonprofits are forced to stretch their limited donations as nearly twice as many families are asking for help each month.
In recent months, the agencies have lowered the amount of money each family can receive and have sought out new sources of donations to make sure everyone is helped.
Nonprofit leaders say more people are asking for assistance as they lose jobs or take lower-paying jobs. And while the agencies have not had to turn away needy families, they have made program changes, such as keeping better track of when people ask for assistance, so that they can continue to help everyone who needs it.
“We’re trying to help as many as we can,” said Judi Seel, chairwoman of emergency assistance with SS. Francis and Clare Catholic Church.
The Center Grove area church spends about $12,500 a year on emergency assistance, which includes paying parts of residents’ utility bills, but it recently had to cut back the amount each family can receive, Seel said.