Requests for local charitable help from residents facing difficulties have increased in recent weeks.
Clergy have reported more people seeking aid. Lori Balmas, director of the Monett Senior Citizens Center, said periodically seniors will approach the center with utility funding problems. In the past, Balmas said she has tried to go through the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC). In the most recent case, Balmas said OACAC was unable to help due to its funding reduction.
"Crosslines has had more people in the office seeking help with utility bills in one month than we've seen in the past two years," said MaLinda King, Crosslines director.
King attributed hot summer weather for higher utility bills and a tight job market for problems some marginally employed people have had.
Crosslines budgets a specific amount each month to help people with emergency situations, particularly with utility bills. The charity's fund for the rest of September has already been expended.
"We had some money left over from August that enabled us to get this far," King said. "We'll wait to see what next month holds. Occasionally, somebody donates some money just for that fund. If anyone wants to do that, or give more than what they would usually donate and ask for it to go in the utility fund, that would be great."
To contact Crosslines, call 235-6666.