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Local nonprofit closes due to government shutdown

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Updated: 10/15/2013 11:45 pm
ST. GEORGE, Ga. -- A local nonprofit agency that helps low-income families is closed due to the government shutdown, leaving many families without much needed assistance.

Concerted Services, Inc. in Charlton County helps struggling families with paying their bills. But now that extra help has run dry due to the government shutdown. For Marie Padgett, it's help she desperately needs.

"If the government can't pay the bills and social security gets cut, we're going to be living out on the streets because I will lose my home," said Padgett.

Padgett said she relies on her disability check every month, but when she fell behind on her electric bill, she said she reached out to Concerted Services for help.

"I thought well, you know, I would be able to get help with my light bill and all, but then when I called, I got a recording that said due to the government shutdown there is no money," said Padgett.

Action News reached out to Concerted Services, but a recording said it was closed due to the government shutdown. It goes on to say its energy assistance program has also been impacted by the shutdown.

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