Tise Cottage facing closure in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Unless funding can be found for a program that helps special needs children have a little fun, it will close in less than a month.

The Children's Home in Winston-Salem has chosen to cut the program at Tise Cottage on April 10 if money can't be found.

The program, open Thursdays through Sundays, serves children with disorders and conditions from autism to Down syndrome. The program costs $14,000 a month.

"We have not had a month where we were in the black in three years," said Jean Irvin, Interim COO of The Children's Home. "That decision was incredibly sad and regretful, but it was strictly financial."

"To start this program and run it for three years, and then it just goes away?" said Billy Sheffield, program coordinator at Tise Cottage. "Was it better not to have started? I don't know."

Sheffield said someone from the state department of mental health told him this is the best respite program in the state.

Several people who care for children with developmental disabilities told FOX8's Mitch Carr that Tise is the only resource in the area for respite care.

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