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DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish's only women's shelter is struggling to keep its doors open during the government shutdown.

Women Outreaching Women's treasurer told News 2 that 90 percent of their money comes from federal grants, which they said haven't been paid in months.

"We live from day to day at this point, with us not being reimbursed for several back months, we now are just in operations mode only, we do not have any funds to truly help any of these clients," said Shelby Carnahan Andrews.

Andrews said WOW emptied its savings to keep the safe house and apartments running.

"At this point and time we are getting nothing from the state government, the federal government, and so we need 100 percent to come from the community," said Andrews.

WOW is hosting a list of fundraisers to make up for this loss of funding, including a garage sale on Nov. 1 and 2 at the WOW Thrift Shop, located at 26852 Highway 1032. For more information or to find out how to donate, visit their website or call (225)791-3940.


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