“I had heard about this (Vendor Payment Program), and I’m very leery because I don’t want to give up a penny. I think, ‘What is this going to cost me?’” Martin said. “I checked into it and met with the people and really it didn’t cost me anything.”
Before trying the Vendor Payment Program, Martin said, she tried to find someone else to buy the invoices, but they wanted “beaucoup interest.”
“It helped me keep the doors open,” Martin said of the state program. “It gave us time to regroup.”
Martin said she hasn’t had to use the program for a while, as funding from other sources has improved and the organization has taken other steps to shore up its budget.
“But the thought that I know they’re there is a relief,” Martin said. “I can sleep at night now a little better.”