- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon crisis home for teen girls has closed its doors after nearly 20 years of service.

The last resident of nonprofit Tonya’s House in Pendleton left May 16, the East Oregonian reported (https://bit.ly/2qKsJ2g ).

The house’s board chairwoman Casey White-Zollman said arriving at the decision to end the organization took months of conversations and a hard look at the books.

“All expenses were increasing, but donations were not,” White-Zollman said. “As we looked down the road at our financials, we didn’t see it improving.”

The final vote to close the house came a week ago.

“There were tears, I can tell you that,” she said.

Pendleton resident ElRae Wells founded the nonprofit in 1997. One year later, the community gave the nonprofit money to buy a home. And three years after that, the house began bringing in teen girls.

“When we were working on it, we thought if this helps one girl, if it makes a difference in one girl’s life, then we’ve done something really good,” Wells said.

Data from the nonprofit states Tonya’s House provided girls with more than 2,800 nights of housing.

The house’s assets will be donated to Pioneer Relief Nursery in Pendleton, which helps at-risk infants, toddlers and families.

The donation includes the house itself, White-Zollman said, and Pioneer Relief Nursery will determine what to do with it.

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