The federal government's partial shutdown has forced changes at Concerted Services programs.
An official with Concerted Services Inc. in Statesboro told WTOC that a lot of changes occurred due to the shutdown.
Among the changes:
The only service currently being offered is the nutritional services for senior citizens. However, the transportation used by concerted services to bring the senior citizens to them is currently on a week-to-week funding basis, because that, too, is federally funded. If the service is cut - Concerted Services will have to find a transportation plan to bring the food to the senior citizens.
Concerted Services has been forced to cut their family voucher program that gave out vouchers to families in need for the local food banks.
The agency has also cut their efforts to provide clothing for families in need.
The energy assistance program was scheduled to go into effect in November or December, but October was meant to be a month of training for the officials to prepare for it. They are not able to train for the program because of the shutdown - so the timetable for when the energy assistance program would start has been delayed indefinitely.
The center's new hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to the shutdown.
Concerted Services in Statesboro only serves Bulloch County. However, there are 18 other concerted services in other counties in GA. The only ones that are allowed to remain open are ones with the senior citizens nutritional services.
Counties in Concerted Services' area that do have these services include Candler, Evans, Toombs and Tattnall.