Delaware Wants More Info Before Donating To Safe Haven
Pike County Dispatch Thursday December 22 ,2016
By Wayne Witkowski
DINGMANS FERRY- Delaware township wants to see more evidence of financial restructuring by Safe Haven before making a financial contribution to the domestic violence service.
Safe Haven recently suspended services and referred clients to sister agencies in Wayne and Monroe Counties while it is restructuring.
Township supervisors rejected the funding during a Dec. 14 workshop meeting attended by recently appointed Safe Haven President Tamara Chant and Treasurer Brian O’Hare. They joined Safe Haven Vice President Allison Taylor, who said the agency had temporarily lost funding during financial restructuring (under a checklist) and until two advocates are selected, which can be done soon, in order for funds to be restored after a financial review early next year.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Crime, the Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence all normally provide funds, said Taylor.
“We have a plan and are spending 40 to 50 hours a week to put this together,” Taylor said.
Taylor said Lehman Township was the only other Pike municipality to donate funds to Safe Haven recently, and that occurred just before it lost its state funding. She said Delaware Township was the first of many townships that will be approached for help by the group. Chant said she is “encouraged” by individuals who have continued to donate as the have. O’Hare said he is organizing detailed spreadsheets for the organization to continue to pay expenses for 14 to 15 billing categories. On Monday, Dec. 19, after the Delaware meeting however, Blooming Grove Township supervisors approved a $10,000 grant for Safe Haven.
Delaware Township supervisors said they would be open to discussing funding once the checklist is complete and approved, but Taylor pointed out that the agency could run out of funds until that happens. “I understand your decision,” O’Hare said at the end of the discussion.
Supervisor Tom Ryan initially opposed the request until the audit obligations are fulfilled, and Board Chairman Jeff Scheetz said, “I’m inclined to go along with that.”
“We are obligated to use tax-payers money with common sense for funding sources. Then, we’ll be happy to do that in January. We can’t donate money for what we hope will happen.