Apr 19, 2013 7:01 PM by Chris Welty

Local Non-Profit Fighting to Keep Doors Open

A Lafayette non-profit is facing financial hardships and is struggling to keep its doors open.

The Family Tree opened in 1979 and offers education and counseling services to families at little to no cost. The agency lost it's main source of federal funding and heavily depends on grants.

"We very much are in recovery mode moving forward," said The Family Tree C.E.O Jessica Baudoin.

For more than 35 years, The Family Tree has provided education and counseling services to thousands of families.

Now, the agency is in jeopardy and money is tight. The Tree is moving its office from Kaliste Saloom to a smaller location in the Oil Center to save money. Earlier this year, the family tree lost its main program because of federal budget cuts. Eleven employees were also laid off.

"We've also seen a reduction of services which is also a reduction of income," said Baudoin.

If The Family Tree doesn't see growth within the next few months, their doors could close.

"It's happened to some of the largest non-profits that we know out there and just business in general. people are struggling and looking to make sure they can keep their doors open."

Though the Tree is facing financial hardships, they're remaining optimistic they'll be able to stay planted in Acadiana.

"Families are the building block of our community and it's important we continue to have our doors open so that we can provide assistance," said Baudoin.

Last May, The Family Tree received a two year grant from Capital One Bank worth sixty thousand dollars. The Family Tree was one of six local non-profits in the state to help improve workforce development.

"Money and funding is a critical thing and that's why we decided to make fairly significant grants that can make a difference in the community we have awarded them," said Michael Wack with Capital One Bank.

The Family Tree is now located at 321 Travis Street, Suite B in Lafayette. If you're interested in donating to The Family Tree or volunteering call (337) 981-2180. 

Chris Welty



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