July 2, 2009
Christian Aid Group Announces Closing
40 US employees and 32 overseas workers idled by International Aid.
Today, the Michigan-based ministry International Aid announced its decision to cease operations. The news release (posted today, but dated yesterday) reads as follows:
SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 1, 2009 â€“ Spring Lake, Mich. - based International Aid (IA) said today it is ceasing operations effective immediately. Board Chair Roger Spoelman said the board voted this morning to shut down the agency.
"While this was a tough decision for all of us who believe in the mission of the organization, we simply do not have the resources to continue even another day," said Spoelman. IA acting CEO Dr. Gordon D. Loux informed the agency's 40 U.S. employees this afternoon. The shutdown also immediately affects 32 employees in Honduras and the Philippines.
Founded in 1980, International Aid provided health care services, technology, training and supplies to the poor in developing countries around the globe in addition to emergency aid for those affected by natural disasters.
Loux said the agency will continue shipments of medical equipment and supplies. He said he will be working with vendors and creditors affected by today's shut down as well as notifying the agency's corporate and other partners.