The YWCA of York will be closed next week as part of efforts to close a deficit in its budget, leaving parents with children in its childcare program to find someone else to look after their children.
All told, there are 105 children enrolled in the program, which is the maximum it can handle, said Deb Stock, YWCA of York CEO.
Parents were notified of the temporary closing two months in advance, she said.
All YWCA of York employees will be furloughed during the shutdown.
Making the decision to furlough employees and close down wasn't an easy one to make, Stock said.
"I wish there was a better way," she said. "This is when the job is not fun."
But the measures mean no employees will be laid off, Stock said.
Services: During the close-down, Hanover will handle legal advocacy work YWCA's Safe Home Program. YWCA of York's shelters and hotline services will remain open throughout the week.
Stock said next week was selected because it would have a lesser impact on those who use the organization's services.
The week of Memorial Day is a four-day week, and enrollment in the childcare program dips significantly that week, Stock said.
Cuts: The furlough and shutdown are just two initiatives the organization has undertaken in order to close a $200,000 deficit in the $7 million 2011-12 budget.
A moratorium on hiring new employees was put in place, expenses were reduced, no vacant positions were filled and employees didn't receive a pay increase, Stock said.
Two early learning centers - one at 6304 N. George St. in East Manchester Township and the other at the York County School of Technology in York Township - were shuttered last week.
The shortfall in the budget, and the ensuing closings, furlough and other cost-saving measures, is the result of less money coming into the YWCA of York.
State funding has dropped off, as has money from fundraising efforts, Stock said. It's a trend she's seen over that past couple of years.
The steps Stock took should make sure the YWCA of York will continue to offer services in the years to come, she said.
"I want to make sure we're here in the next 50 years," Stock said.
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