The Unzner Center, an advocacy and forensic center for children victimized by sexual assault, has lost its funding source and will be shut down by the Youth and Family Resource Center, but a plan is in the works to keep the facility open through the district attorney’s office.


The Unzner Center, an advocacy and forensic center for children victimized by sexual assault, has lost its funding source and will be shut down by the Youth and Family Resource Center, but a plan is in the works to keep the facility open through the district attorney’s office.
“We lost a grant by 5 points...one that would have kept us alive,” said Susan Morris, director of Youth and Family Resource Center.
“There is no funding for Youth and Family to continue operations of the center,” she said, so they will close it at 5 p.m. Feb. 28.
The Y&F board of directors discussed the matter at its monthly meeting Wednesday and are working with District Attorney Richard Smothermon, she said, as it appears his office could soon take over operations of the center and provide its funding after Feb. 28.
“We are going to look at leasing the building to him,” Morris said, adding the good thing is that services will continue in this area.
The Unzner Center is a child advocacy location for children who are victims of sexual assault, and serves as a place where they can be medically and forensically examined, he said.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners also use the facility at times for adults, she said.
Morris said she hopes a plan with Smothermon to be in place by next week.
“I’m happy it will remain open. We fought a hard fight to keep it open, but I can let it go easier knowing services will still be provided.”