CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville nonprofit is facing a parking situation that it says is impeding its life-changing work.

On Our Own has been serving the community for 30 years, but now a lack of parking has the group in dire straits.

Employees, volunteers, and clients have been parking right down the road at the Jefferson School for years, but now a higher demand for parking at that location is forcing the On Our Own drivers out of their spots and onto the streets.

“I just don’t know what the solution is,” Erin Tucker, the executive director of On Our Own, said. “I don’t know what to do.”

Tucker is searching for answers in an on-going battle for parking.

“We’re completely land-locked here - as you can see - we have absolutely no parking,” Tucker said.

For more than three decades, On Our Own has served the Charlottesville community out of its 4th Street Northwest location by providing free mental health and addiction peer recovery counseling services.

“We do really good work in the community, but if people can’t come what're we gonna do?” Tucker said.

She says employees, volunteers, and clients have been parking at the Jefferson School City Center free of charge for years, but that agreement has now come to an end.

“When I spoke to their executive director, she said, ‘I’m sorry, but we can’t let you all park here anymore,’” Tucker said.

Jefferson School Executive Director Sue Friedman did not want to comment on camera, but she says the reason she can no longer accommodate On Our Own is due to the "growing program and event success of {their own} 10 nonprofits."

A handful of two-hour spots are available along the nonprofit’s street, but Tucker says there’s just not enough of them and it’s inconvenient for people who have to spend an extended amount of time inside On Our Own.

“It’s affecting our membership, its affecting our volunteers, they can’t find anywhere to park, so they’re saying, ‘look, I can’t volunteer like I used to,’” Tucker said.

Tucker says she has also contacted Colliers, the group that owns the parking lot across from the Jefferson School, but that lot has a long wait list.

“They said that it could be years, and it’s extensive, and it's expensive - it's $150 per space per month,” Tucker said.

Tucker says that even though there's a wait list for that parking lot across the street, she says she regularly sees tons of open spots. Also, even if her company was able to reserve some spots, she says her nonprofit could not afford that hefty price tag.