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MADD office to possibly close

Waxahachie division looking for new property, funds
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has announced some trouble on the horizon for its Waxahachie office.
According to Suzette Pylant, victim advocate for MADD Waxahachie, the office is in fear of closing due to not having the funds for rent.
“MADD operates on donations from individuals, corporate sponsorships and grants,” Pylant said. “MADD Texas receives grant funding from VOCA, which stands for Victims of Crime Act. When criminals pay fines the money is put into a pot and that pot is distributed among the states. The VOCA money that MADD receives is distributed to agencies that assist crime victims by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. 96 percent of my salary is paid by the VOCA grant because I assist victims of drunk driving.”
However, Pylant said since the beginning of the war in Iraq and the devastation Hurricane Katrina caused it is more difficult every year to get VOCA money, especially now that the economy is so shaky. “All non-profit organizations are hurting and donations have dropped and more agencies are applying for VOCA funds,” Pylant said. “Last summer we learned that we would receive 17 percent less VOCA funding than we received the year before. That 17 percent represents $300,000. So we are forced to cut our costs.”
The rent for the Waxahachie office is $600 per month and if the funds can’t be found from somewhere then a move is going to have to be implemented.
Pylant said MADD is looking for some donated space, but if that also isn’t provided then she would have to work out of the Fort Worth office, which is a 90-mile round trip for Pylant.
“I don’t need a lot of space,” Pylant said. “My present office is approximately 30-feet by 12-feet, but my previous office was smaller.”
An added benefit of a donated space would be what is called “in kind” revenue, according to Pylant. She said this is when MADD gets credit under a grant for non-cash donations of equipment, supplies and volunteer hours.
“We would receive “in kind” credit of $600, or whatever the market value of the donated space is every month,” Pylant said.
The current office is located at 200 S. Rogers, Suite 104, in Waxahachie. For more information or to contact Pylant, call 972-938-9444.

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