As state funding continues to drop, a local non-profit organization is forced to make cuts.
Hilltop provides countless programs to help those in need on the Western Slope and now they're the ones in need.
Hilltop provides 24 different programs ranging from a hot-line for victims of domestic violence to education programs for parents and children. Right now those programs are here to stay but that could change.
Hilltop director Mike Stahl says it hasn't been easy going over their initial budget after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants.
"We had some large grants in the beginning of the year that we were kind of counting on for 18 months and it went away quicker than we expected," says Stahl.
The loss hit every program they offer -- from the Latimer House, a shelter for domestic violence victims, to educational programs for children. And this could be just the beginning.
Stahl went on to say, "as we go through the budget process this year, it's going to be a real tight year again...we're hoping not to cut services or cut any programs." He says many of their programs will continue on as usual and they're putting their expansion on hold.
KJCT News 8 first told you about the lack of tenants in the assistant living cottages back in December. Stahl says on a good year they'll bring in $125,000, and 25 percent of them currently sit vacant.
But Hilltop says they've also seen good signs in the economy, but it's too early to tell where things will end up.