WARREN, Ohio - It's been one challenge after another for folks at the Warren Family Mission, as vandals once again made their mark on the organization's new Todd Avenue facility.
"The person that watches the building in the evenings left for just 15 minutes, went to get something to eat and as they were pulling back in to the building they saw seven teens throwing bricks into the windows and they took off out back to the left hand side of the building," said Michelle Beauchene with the Warren Family Mission.
The cops responded, but the vandals had already left leaving the Warren Family Mission to clean up the damage.
The organization purchased the former church to one day combine services and offer new programs to teens. The building needs about $75,000 worth of upgrades before it could open to the public, but that price continues to rise.
The 12 windows that were knocked out Saturday evening aren't the first acts of vandalism the Warren Family Mission has experienced. In the four months they've owned the Todd Avenue facility, they've had a total of 21 windows knocked out and two doors kicked in.
"We ain't do nothing, but try and help people and anytime we do something to repair the place they come and tear this stuff up. It is not right. You know what I am saying? We are here to help people. Everything is free here for everybody, for the whole public and people just, I don't know, it is just frustrating you know," said Reggie McCain the head chef for the Warren Family Mission.
Signs have been posted on the property, but the Warren Family Mission says people just ignored them. The property is often used as a short cut for people to get to a store down the street and to park and sometimes it serves as dumping ground, adding to the list of challenges facing the mission.
"Almost every single day we have to come out here and pick broken glass up and beer bottles and things like that," said Beauchene.
The Warren Family Mission is willing to start a neighborhood watch in the area. They feel it would not only help them carry out their mission, but keep other residents in the neighborhood safe.