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Several Bay Area charities and non-profit organizations are bracing for layoffs after donations slowed down this holiday season.

Shelter Against Violent Environments, a domestic violence organization in Fremont, experienced a 30-thousand-dollar drop in donations this season.

The director of that organization says he may be forced to cut four or five staff positions.

CityTeam Ministries, an organization that provides shelter, food and youth programs, says its donations lagged 1.4 million dollars behind last year´s total.

CityTeam´s director of marketing, Carol Patterson, says the organization has put on a hiring freeze and may conduct layoffs and program cuts next year.

And since September 11th, a Concord-based STAND! Against Domestic Violence had a nearly 70-percent drop in donations. That meant an eight percent pay cut for the agency´s staff of 130.