Friday, November 18, 2011

Women’s Shelter & County Parks Held Hostage

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley proposes selling county parks to make up for an alleged budget deficit. In order to save money, Dooley has been ordering the county’s domestic abuse shelter to only admit county residents – all while his political appointees keep their cushy taxpayer funded jobs!

St. Louis County officials are denying reports that they have been requiring proof of residency from abuse victims seeking entry to the county’s domestic violence shelter.

Michelle Schiller-Baker, executive director of St. Martha’s Hall, a domestic violence shelter in the city of St. Louis, said her staff has been getting reports for months that the county’s Kathy J. Weinman Shelter has been turning women and children away who were not county residents.

Schiller-Baker said she called the county’s director of human services, Andrea Jackson-Jennings, to confirm reports that the county had begun to turn some away.

“Andrea told me that yes, at this time, the county shelter was only accepting county residents,” Schiller-Baker said Thursday. “I asked Andrea who decided to make this change and she said the decision came from (County Executive) Charlie Dooley and (the county’s Chief Operating Officer) Garry Earls, because Weinman is a taxpayer-funded shelter.”

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