DEBERT – Despite a lack of finances, an after-school program in Debert will continue for another year.
Pastor Bill Martin, of Debert Baptist Church, confirmed with the Truro Daily News on Wednesday afternoon that the church’s after-school program, which is open to elementary students on school days, will indeed continue after much discussion last week that the initiative was in danger of closing due to finances.
However, Martin stressed the financial situation is unchanged and a community outreach last week hasn’t resulted in “tangible” donations as of yet.
“We don’t have anything tangible but we will try for another year … and live with the consequences,” Martin said, in reference to the fact that the $20,000 or more budget for the program comes directly out of the church’s finances, which leaves the community church in a deficit position.
Martin said there’s still hope donations will be forthcoming.
“We are going on faith and hope that people will respond. There’s an overwhelming sense that … people care and they didn’t fully understand (the financial crisis) but I think they know now we need help. There’s an overwhelming response that we need this program and some people feel businesses will come forward” given more time, he said.
The program will get underway on Monday and anyone willing to make a financial donation can call Martin at 641-2499.