It is with great disappointment that we must announce that SpiriTrust Lutheran® Domestic Abuse Services will cease services, effective June 30, 2021. Between now and the end of June our team of trained professionals are committed to helping current clients meet the program requirements and fulfill any court order mandates they may have.
It became very apparent during this fiscal crisis created by COVID-19 that SpiriTrust Lutheran no longer has sufficient resources to support all of our programs and services. After much soul searching and deliberation, we came to the very clear realization that we would need to close seven programs – Counseling Services, Domestic Abuse Solutions, Financial Education & Coaching, Senior Companion Program, Stephen Ministry, Touch-a-Life and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
The need to eliminate programs and services had been a topic of discussion in the past due to continued decreasing support and escalating costs. We carefully considered all of our options, including finding new funding sources and new homes for these programs. Unfortunately, many organizations are facing the same fiscal issues created by COVID-19 and our efforts have not been successful as of this time.
If we find an entity willing to assume the management of Domestic Abuse Solutions between now and June 30, that organization will work directly with the York County judicial system to provide programs that offer alternatives to domestic abuse and fulfill the requirements set forth by the judicial system.