LEFT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS BATTLE ARE PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL ANEMIA!
The Insite has learned the Houston office of The Sickle Cell Association could face closure if it doesn’t begin to raise its own funding. Since 2004 the agency has depended on the United Way to provide 86% (see note below) of its funding annually. That comes to $293,900. But as a result of some serious problems with the agency over the last 3 years – the United Way has decided to drop the group. United Way officials tell The Insite Sickle Cell Association has had a long list of problems that haven’t improved over several years. UW points out a 2004 Executive Director who was accused of wrongdoing in office, failure to service enough clients, audits and a list of internal investigations. Anna Babin, President with U-W says it was a very tough decision to make in cutting the organization. However, she says United Way has tried to help the group improve butthat just didn’t happen over 3 years. Babin says U-W will help the group find other agencies to serve the clients. Sickle Cell Executive director Lorna Hankins says she was just brought aboard 3 and a half months ago and it wasn’t enough time to turn the agency around. She says they’re just getting a full and established board with staff. But Hankins went on to say the group will search for alternative funding sources to keep the doors of the agency open for the thousands of clients in Houston who depend on the agency. The Insite wants to hear what you feel about the latest delima The Sickle Cell Association find itself in? Leave your comments below!
UPDATE: UNITED WAY SAYS THEIR FUNDING REPRESENTS 65% OF SICKLE CELL’S BUDGET AND NOT THE 80% THE AGENCY INITIALLY REPORTED TO THE INSITE!