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YWCA in Batavia closing

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) - The YWCA in Batavia is closing its doors.

The decision came on Monday.

“The cash position is such that we can’t continue to operate,” YWCA Executive Director Tomidy-Pepper said. “When I was interviewed I was told that there was a first quarter cash flow problem. Ever since I began here I have uncovered that it was much more than that.”

All programs at the the Batavia YWCA are ceasing immediately due to lack of funding.

36 staff members will lose their jobs.

“We’re working to keep the doors open but right now we have to close, and we’re reviewing the finances,” Tomidy-Pepper said. “There’s considerable longstanding debt and there’s no money on reserve to get us through this situation.”

The site of the facility, at 301 North St., will remain open for current tenants and My Sister's Closet Boutique.

“The community has been reaching out to help us any way they can,” Tomidy-Pepper said. “We have been working day in and day out trying to figure out what happened and how to put a plan in place to move us forward.”

When we went to the building to ask administrators more questions, we were asked to leave.

“I can’t think that that place is not going to ever come back, because half of my life has been centered around it,” said Patti Pacino, a former board member at the YWCA and current Batavia City Councilwoman.

“700 women a year go to that YWCA for help,” she added. “That’s an enormous amount of people.”

Many of them are Pacino’s constituents.

With the services suspended, she is hopeful other agencies will be able to pick up the slack.

“The police are going to have to come forward for part of it,” she said.

Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron reminded residents about his office’s ‘Genesee Justice’ program, which assists crime victims. Anybody needing their help can call (585) 815-7821.


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