The Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh, a peace and justice non-profit organization, faced with economic troubles has had to lay off three staff members. Board President Michael Drohan said if the center did not cut operating costs, it would be in deficit spending by June. Drohan says the center will remain open and will be operated by board members and volunteers, but they hope to bring back the staff after a brief reorganization period.
Drohan says he's hopeful to get a positive response to their crisis and there are signs that is happening...."We cannot let this organization of peace and justice go down. We have to rebuild it even in difficult economic times because it's more necessary than ever."
Drohan says in recent years the center has been moving from one crisis to another. He says there will be a community meeting to work on refocusing the center's mission Sunday April 25 at 7 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.