Updates: Government Shutdown

Public Service Announcement

For use: January 11, 2019 – February 1, 2019


In light of the partial government shutdown and freeze of critical funding to our organization via federal grants, The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors in Newport News must announce changes to office hours and service availability. 

Beginning Wednesday, January 16, The Center will operate under the following restricted hours: 

Monday:  9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday:  office closed 

Please call The Center at (757) 599-9844 to schedule appointments for advocacy or counseling. 

Effective immediately, volunteer advocate trainings and after-hours community outreach activities are postponed until further notice. Active volunteers are urged to take shifts on the crisis line to reduce the impact of service limitations on survivors during this difficult time. 

The crisis line will continue to be available 24/7 for anyone in need of assistance. Please call (757) 236-5260 if you need to speak to an advocate at any time. 

These changes reflect the current status of operations at The Center, but additional changes may become necessary if the partial shutdown continues. We are truly sorry for this disruption of services. 


How can YOU help?

Donate Necessities

The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors has been a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1996. Today, we receive 80% of our funding from federal sources, allowing us to provide free crisis services to victims of sexual assault (both children and adults), their family members, friends, dating partners or anyone seeking services related to overcoming sexual violence.

With the freezing of these funds due to the shutdown, we need the support of our community more than ever. 

In order to maintain normal operations we're seeking donations of office necessities including: 

- Printer paper
- Ink cartridges: HP 934 XL (black) HP 935 (color)

Monetary Support

Financial donations, of any amount, are truly critical at this time as well. Every donation, large or small, will aid us in continuing to provide support services to survivors and our community for as long as possible. 

Donate Now


How the Government Shutdown Impacts The Center

As we reach the end of day 19 of the government shutdown, federal employees are not the only ones feeling the pinch in their budgets. Across the country, non-profit rape crisis centers like this one, who rely on federal funding to cover salaries and meet operations expenses, are struggling to make rent and keep the power on...  

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We thank you for your patience and support through this time of uncertainty.