Vandals caused more than $10,000 worth of damage to a building owned by the Warren Family Mission.
Pastor Chris Gilger and his staff spent most of Sunday cleaning up what vandals left behind at their newest facility on Tod Avenue in Warren. Bricks and rocks were thrown through the windows and doors were broken. A mission worker saw a group of teens running from the building when he pulled in late Saturday night.
The building, which was formerly Christ Our King Church, was being renovated to provide youth programming.
“Pastor Chris does things to give back to the community and this is an area that needs the mission,” said mission worker Michelle Beauchene. “It’s heartbreaking that we have to keep fixing windows and keep doing that instead of putting money into other things for this community.”
Beauchene said the hope of the mission was to bring troubled teens to the very building that was vandalized by the group of teenagers.
“That is one of goals and one of our missions for this building is to get youth programs and to get kids in here instead of doing these things.” said Beauchene.
Even though the damage to the building is extensive, the mission hopes they can make a positive out of the vandalism.
“We just want to make sure everyone is safe around here. If everyone can come together and you know start keeping an eye out for things and see what’s going on, if something seems out of place, call the police,” said Beauchene.
Gilger said he is hoping contributions will come in to help with the repairs.