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tl/'/,GE i1 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 22, 1990 |Coven ,nt House lin Florida ng problems Fort Landerdale, FL (CNS) - Cove- nant House Florida is facing a projected 26 percent decrease in its 1990-91 budget and cuts in staff as a result, 0 icials say, of allegations of sexual misconduct and fiscal mismanagement Covenant House founder Rev. Bruce tter. But the head of the seaside agency for runaways said its open intake licy will continue for homeless youths der age 21. "We will never say 'no' ay or nl ht" " " L "g , execuuve dtrector Nancy liee Matthews told The Florida Catho- e, newspaper of the Diocese of Palm l each, which includes Fort Lauderdale. 7= f, She said the Fort Lauderdale refuge K.. Mo0.° °r runaway and castoff youths had a Twin sisters Trina (L) and Geina with Geina's children Taleesha (L) and tUrrentbudget totaling $5.8 million,of Chad. Both young women have benefited from the programs offered at hich 21 percent, or about $900,000, Covenant House, Trina earned her GED in the Rites of Passage program, | 0raes from federal, state and local and Geina now has a mentor and has been "adopted" by a local church. rending . " "o ould Matthews stud her orgamzau n w donor base of some 65 000 people who dren and beat him on the back with a a $1.5 million cut in that budget,gave an average of $20 each. Since then, length of electric cable, Harris said. ering it to $4.3 million for the new she said, donations have dropped about They told the boy they were friends of :sc year beginning in July because of ten percent, the four officers jailed for the March $750 000, or 50 percent, slash in the "We were really hoping for expan- murder, he said. A ccording to national statistics released by Covenant House: * One million runaways were re- ported in 1989, and experts estimate that only one in six runaways are re- ported; * 500,000 teens are classified as homeless; * 85-90 percent of those who come to Covenant ttouse have been physi- cally or sexually abused, 50 percent of those so badly they have been hos- pitalized; * high school dropout rates are ris- ing every year; * addiction to cocaine, especially "crack," has doubled in recent years; the number of teen alcoholics has grown every year for a decade; * every 1.1 seconds, a teen attempts suicide - every 80 minutes, one suc- ceeds. Addiction: The Subtle Foe Causes Effects Recovery, !Xpected subsidy from Covenant House don," she said, but plans were being "I'm scared that they'll kill me," the m New York, and an eaual drop in scrapped for transitional apartments to boy said. "I don't know what will hap- Avallable for $1 from: C°ntributions. " - offer four to six months of shelter for pen when I go out on the street." Earliers projections had put the new those bouncing back from the street. He spoke to a reporter from a group ARKANSAS CATHOLIC budget at $6.6 million, based on the She called Ritter a visionary person of journalists from various U.S. news P.O. BOX 7417 i ° d in:2 Pt l bi7 c;98 e fa[fll WhOof kids.hasalways been driven by the needs, ice,media'travelingincludingin CentralCath°liCAmerica.News Serv- . Little Rock 72217 • "We'll " • "I think it's very sad," she said, that The teen-agers "are in a safe place," ah- end up our year being just after giving close to 22 years to the Harris said the same day. "The police- :ouut on budget," she said, "but we've mission and vision of Covenant Housemen (who beat them) are still on duty." Ome., Ways been over-bud et and over-in- and its hundreds and thousands of,. " ' " " n /f IMMACULATE HEART needy k,ds, that he snow d,sco - I scHoo / II ,uec gs Rv cE,.c. II ..1The paid staff of 155 fulbtime era- nected,' like one of his disconnected °Yees wi ...... a o..;a kids." lhe a enll :: I Routeg, Box1-244 I ,.:"ent and close its Rites of Passage / North Uttle Rock, AR72118 / I O llim$.. NLR I] ~;ge~, a long-term, transitional liv- Guatemala City I Phone 851-2760 or 851-7426 [ , de. o.s.c,u,,o ,.,_.. I,s.owr*st°r'°o/ uteskills and occunational tlraining ,.uvenant I ous Inew students K " 8" / II . .l rnergenCYeervlce I[ II II 11:,..We feel we. need to make cutbacks - h,dtng :eerLaget iServingthoMarcho, i II ,. ard ,1 d2 .nued provision of essential food, [ Morgan-Maurnolle I s • Say they were beaten k,.OakGrovo areas. ~ g, helter and counsehng for all "nO COlne 2 to us, and after