Decatur, GA -- The DeKalb Rape Crisis Center is facing its worst financial crisis since it was founded by the Junior League in 1989.
"It's an emergency situation," said Board Chair Allyson Gevertz. "We're at a point where our savings can only get us through two more months or so. Then, we're out."
Gevertz points to a big drop in individual and corporate donations, plus gaps and cuts in government grant money.
At the same time, there's more demand for services.
Last year, the DRCC handled 418 new cases, took 643 crisis hotLine calls and provided1,445 hours of individual and group therapy, including teen groups, all for free.
"We are unique. We are experts in the area of sexual assault," Gevertz said. "It's a wonderful, nurturing environment that people can't get anywhere else. That's why we have waiting lists of people in pain trying to get in, and we just don't have the funding to keep up with demand."
Without emergency funding, the DRCC could be forced to close its doors by the end of the year, Gevertz said.
The nonprofit center is down to one full-time staff member and relies on close to 200 volunteers to field hotline calls.
It serves clients from across metro Atlanta, not just DeKalb.
The DRCC board is seeking online donations and pursuing corporate contributions.
It's also holding a wine tasting on November 15 at Druid Hills Golf Club to raise critical funds. You can read more about it and purchase tickets here.