JOPLIN, MO.--- It was through a friend's email this morning, That Brittany Stovall, 22, found out she could no longer get help from Community Employment Incorporated.
"It was crazy because I did rely on them for a lot of things," states Brittany Stoval, Former Client.
Brittany met with a case manager in March to find a job after college.
"If you go for an interview the first thing they're going to see is that you have a disability that tends to intimidate a lot of people, so I guess you could say we wouldn't be the first person they would hire," states Stovall.
She works part time at the Independent Living Venter and was hoping CEI could help her find a second job to help her pay her bills.
"I have to pay a driver. I have to pay for someone to help me do things to get ready in the morning to get to work," states Stovall.
The state sent a 30 day termination notice to CEI on Friday. Irregularities showed the nonprofit made it appear clients found jobs or worked longer hours than they actually did. Leslie Abram with the Workforce Investment Board says she met with former Joplin CEI employees yesterday.
"Right now I think they're still in a state of shock. It was very quick they had no notice. It was an unfortunate thing so they were still reeling from the news of it all," states Leslie Abram, Workforce Investment Board.
For Brittany, the reality of the situation hasn't set in. She works in disability advocacy and worries about the people who relied on CEI.
"I'm very good at advocating for myself you know that's what I do but there might be people out there who don't have that trait, that's not good for them either," states Stovall.
Community Employment has 30 days to reimburse the state. They have paid back $21,000 so far.