Oasis Money May Dry Up

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Decatur – The Oasis Day Center in Decatur has struggled with money for years.  Now, state budget cuts could cause the center additional headaches in the months ahead.

“It could be devastating,” Oasis Associate Director Todd Tuggle told WAND News state capitol reporter Doug Wolfe.  “Our funding right now is guaranteed through the end of June.  Beyond that we really don't know.”

Three quarters of the centers $400,000 budget comes from state aid.  Losing even a small portion of that money will create financial issues for the center which provides basic services to the homeless.

“We basically provide the services that most of us take for granted.  A hot shower.  Laundry service.  The ability to use the phone,” Tuggle stated.

Information provided by Oasis shows since July 1, 2014 an average of 3,118 people a month, enough to fill the Decatur Civic Center, use the Oasis center.

A fundraiser for Oasis is set for Sunday, March 29th from 2pm – 8pm.  Starting at 3pm five bands will play music from the 50's, 60's and 70's.  Tickets can be purchased Saturday at Oasis or Miles Chevrolet for $10 per person.  Or, on Sunday for $15 at the door.  The fundraiser will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 520 E. North Street in Decatur.

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