It was a full house at the Ottawa County Community Mental Health Board of Directors meeting Monday afternoon, Dec. 18.
Dozens showed up in hopes of convincing the board to keep the Lakeshore Clubhouse open. Ottawa County officials decided to close the facility effective February 2018 due to budget cuts.
The Lakeshore Clubhouse helps people battling mental illnesses get on their feet. It also gives them real life opportunities to work and be independent.
While the clubhouse members aren't giving up hope, the Community Mental Health Executive Director is working to figure out what programs already in place may help these members.
"I've also been in talks with community partners, contract agencies who have voiced an interest in trying to help out and figure out what may be next for the Clubhouse. So we'll continue those meetings and those discussions to try and figure out how we can make this work," Ottawa County CMH Executive Director, Lynne Doyle said.
"I'm hoping that there is reconsideration. I'm hoping to figure out what's going on. I'm hoping for the best," Clubhouse member, Josh Ebbens said.
The center is scheduled to close Feb. 1, 2018. The Ottawa County Community Mental Health Board had to make more than $1 million in cuts for the 2018 fiscal year.
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