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Johnson County Crisis Center Braces For More Demand

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Last years Holiday Ramble helped the crisis center raise nearly two thousand dollars.

Now organizers say tonight's concert couldn't have come at a better time and hope they can raise even more money this year.

Part time musician Scott Leff is setting the stage for a special musical performance.

"We have 12 musicians playing. Coming from as far as New York City, Washington D.C," said Leff, who organized the event.

All to help raise funds for the Crisis center of Johnson County.

"The crisis center is an amazing organization so we're happy to help out with what we can," he said.

Its help officials at the crisis center say is needed.

That's because the center provides supplemental food, emergency financial assistance and more to the Johnson County community.

"We set a record for the number of visits that we had in the month is July and then broke that record again in October," said Beth Ritter Ruback who's the Communications and development manager for the Crisis Center.

That need is expected to increase.

Federally funded unemployment payments end today.

That means an estimated 1.3 million people will no longer receive cash assistance from the government.

Ritter Rubuck says they are bracing for a possible increase in community need.

"In combination with the snap benefits that expired just a month ago we know that more people are going to need emergency food and emergency financial assistance," she said.

Ritter Ruback says although the center doesn't know what to expect yet or just how quickly the cut will affect people, she adds that tonight's concert is vital to helping them meet a possible higher demand.

"This is a great reason to do that and to help a worthy cause," said Leff.

Theres was a 20 dollar donation to see the performances.

All proceeds goes to the Crisis Center of Johnson County.
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