COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Neighborhood House will stop its services at the end of the year.
Rodney Dunn who is the Chair of the Board said “The inability to be efficient in the management of the programs that we’re caretakers for over the last five years,” is the reason for the stop in services.
Many people who used the Neighborhood House said they can’t afford to lose who helped them for the last three decades.
Lori Mosley is a volunteer at the Neighborhood house and said should could not believe this was happening.
“It make me sad that they want to close one of our foundations in this community down,” said Mosley.
She told the story of how she lost her child to SIDS more than 20 years ago, and when her daughter suffered the same fate last year, she only knew one place to go to get help.
“The Neighborhood House was a big part of connecting us with resources,” said Mosley. “Helping my daughter get help with getting her counseling.”
Lori said if it wasn’t for them her daughter could have been a statistic to suicide. She said they helped her daughter’s transition after losing her child easier.
The Neighborhood House has been in the Columbus area for 106 years.
With the possibility of the Neighborhood House closing, people could lose access to drug treatment, meals, transportation, daycare, and other resources that people in the community don’t have.
Chairman Dunn said his solution is to handover the management of all of its programs to an outside agency.
The Coalition To Save The Neighborhood House said they want a new board to take over so it can provide the same services that people in the community are used to having.
“It needs to remain an independent, standalone body with its own executive director and own board,” said Khari Enaharo a member of the Coalition to Save Neighborhood House
Enaharo said the dropped a proposal off to council member Mitchell Brown. They hope the city can pressure the current board of the Neighborhood House to step down so they can put together a transition team to save it.
As for Mosley she does not know where people in this community will go without the Neighborhood House.
“When there’s nowhere else to turn you can always turn to the neighborhood house,” said Mosley.