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Bingham Crisis Center in Blackfoot to remain open thanks to local business

The Bingham Crisis Center in Blackfoot will be able to remain open thanks to Bob’s Sheet Metal.

The company is going to install a new furnace for the center next week, even though the center doesn’t have the money to pay the full bill.

“The last time a repair man came to fix it for us he said all I can do is turn it on and leave it on, I can’t fix anything more it has got to be replaced. If I come back I’m going to have to report it to the fire marshal because it is a fire hazard,” said Dixie Chapman, Bingham Crisis Center Director.

The center has been doing everything it can to come up with the $7,000 to replace the furnaces that heat the building to code.

The center did get a $2,000 grant for something else but got permission to apply it to the cost of the furnace.

The Bingham Crisis Center serves between 200 and 400 families annually. These are people in trauma from domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, or stalking.

The center has two shelters to house men, women and children. It sponsors a woman’s support group and a 24 hour crisis line in Spanish and English.

It also hosts parenting classes and a homeless program set up through HUD.

If you would like to donate to the Bingham Crisis Center you can call 681-8713. Donations are tax deductible.

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