When Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza last visited The Women's Center in Carbondale, the center was fighting to keeps it doors open as a result of the extended state budget impasse.

Mendoza returned Tuesday, and said that she was glad to come under better circumstances, now that there is a budget and funding for the center to remain open. 

Cathy McClanahan, executive director of The Women's Center, told Mendoza that Mendoza "literary saved us from closing." McClanahan said that community support also helped keep the doors open.

The center celebrated its 45th anniversary last week, and leaders say it is in a much better position now to serve its clients, women who are affected by domestic abuse. As a result of once again having funding, as well as community support, the center has been able to hire three new positions.

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Richard Sitler is a photographer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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