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Stepping Stone of San Diego faces severe budget woes

SAN DIEGO, California -- A nearly 40-year-old treatment center for alcoholism and drug addiction among LGBT community members may close if new donors do not step forward in coming months.

Stepping Stone of San Diego, which provides treatment for 53 people at its City Heights center and two sober-living homes, is suffering from reduced federal and state funding and fewer contributions from community members in the wake of the 2008 recession.

“It’s a desperate situation,” said Mike Seymour, volunteer treasurer of the nonprofit. “If we don’t get an influx of money….I don’t know how we can keep it open.”

Seymour said Stepping Stone and the Pemarro Recovery Center, a smaller detox facility in Ramona, have cut costs but still need approximately $100,000 to avoid closing. “If we’re gone, this community will miss us,” he said.

Read the full story on Times of San Diego HERE.