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American Red Cross feels weight of economic decline

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:28 a.m.


The American Red Cross has eliminated more than 1,500 jobs nationwide. The cutbacks follow a continued economic decline, and an influx of domestic and international natural disasters paired with usual assistance doled out at the local level.

Jeb Lacey, Board Chairman of the American Red Cross Crossroads Chapter, said the cutbacks have rippled down to South Texas.

"We have seen some changes at the local level like many of the other changes that have happened on a national and global level," Lacey said.

Across the Red Cross territories, jobs have been expanded and realigned to ensure the organization continues to provide the same quality of service both locally and nationwide.

"We're still settling in to the new changes and there are still some gaps to fill," Lacey said.

One way the Crossroads Chapter has attempted to cut back was to combine the Crossroads executive director role with Rio Colorado Chapter.

Executive Director Pat Curry now overseas both territories.

Health and safety functions have also been reorganized, Lacey said.

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