Paradise House struggles to keep doors open as county cuts funding

The Rev. Anne P. Paris knows that what she is doing is a tough sell: Her job is to get lost women to change their lives, and to persuade charities and government agencies that her cause is worth paying for.

Paris has been doing that job for more than 20 years. In 1993, with a prayer and a promise of $20,000 from Presbyterian Women, she opened a women’s shelter and rehabilitation residence on Mills Street, and called it Paradise House.