(WKTV) - The Rome Rescue Mission has fallen on hard times -- and a lack of donations are to blame.
It's the first time in 20 years the nonprofit has experienced this. Matt Miller, the director of the Rescue Mission, says financial support from the community normally drops off in the summer -- but not to the extent it has this summer.
The mission is short $28,000 and the shelter is full. If donations don't start coming in on a more regular basis, the mission may have to cut programs -- specifically the health and wellness program.
Miller says he is confident the community will step up and help now that the issue is being brought to the forefront.
"That's the important message we're trying to get out there," Miller said. "The people we're investing into are now working toward a stable, healthy life, and we couldn't do it without the community."
The Rescue Mission has also reached out to the public via Twitter and Facebook and has sent multiple appeals out to former donors to try and rally community support for the cause.