ENTERPRISE, Ala (WDHN) — The Coffee County Family Services Center recently hired an educational coordinator through state grant money.

Services Director, Judy Crowley, and the Non-Profits Educational Coordinator, Leo Perdue, often discuss getting clients trained for various job opportunities.

Ten years ago, then Governor Bob Riley cut state funding to family service centers statewide. Most were forced to close, but Crowley worked with elected officials and held large yard sales to raise funds to keep Coffee County Family Services Center going.

Besides job training, it provides help for at-risk families who are in danger of falling through the cracks.

“The board felt it was too important to the community that we stay in business,” Crowley said. “Our board decided we would do whatever we could do to stay in business and the community would stay forward and after 23 years we’re still here.”

“They build on their own self-advocacy and then they are self-sustaining and they’re able to overcome and their able to succeed,” Perdue said.

Last year, Coffee County Family Services worked to provide Christmas for more than 1,000 children who were at risk of not receiving any presents under the tree.