With Idaho gives now in the rearview mirror we now have the opportunity to see how Idaho gives benefited those charities, including one tucked away here in Malad, Idaho that benefited from an unexpected but much needed, golden ticket.
This organization has felt the effects of being a grant and donation funded nonprofit. The Oneida family crisis center, a haven for women in children in time of need, has suffered major cutbacks.
Executive Director Carol Caulford expressed her situation:” It’s extremely difficult and i wake up in the middle of the night and wonder, ok who am i gonna cut, how am i gonna cut them cause even as a non-profit, if we riff somebody we still have to pay their unemployment.”
The group is able to provide temporary housing, legal guidance and support for individuals who are victimized by domestic violence, crises and sexual assault.
Caulford added that, “What we can help them with i don’t think you can really put a cost factor on it.”
The executive director even thought of leaving her job due to sparse funding
“It gets to the point you just maybe want to throw the towel in and think is it worth to continue to try to get the money to provide necessary services to your clients,” Caulford said.
This was the perfect time for Idaho gives. And the perfect moment for the Oneida family crisis center to get a golden helping hand.
In explaining how she found out about the golden ticket, Caulford said, “…We won the golden ticket, what does that mean, it means we won a thousand dollars, that was kinda like wow, we really can use that.”
Carol went on to say that the 180 dollars could go to paying their utility bills for a few months, but with the added 1000, they will be able to pay some bills and possibly up their staffing and emergency hotline hours. Carol feels that this help came from above.
“You know it is pretty amazing, we are small and rural but we did win the golden ticket, i really do believe it was a god send,” Caulford said