Local Non-Profit Organization Struck by Copper Thieves

The Family Outreach Center, a local non-profit located on Baldwin, is hoping for a little bit of charity after they became victims of crime.

Sometime on Tuesday, the copper wiring was ripped out of two of their air conditioning units. It turns out the chain-link fence and lock weren't enough to keep the crooks away from what they were after.

Now, workers there are having to use fans to cool down the building, but the fans can only do so much.

"We give so much back to the community, and for anyone to come in and do this, especially when we are working so hard to throw an event this weekend for abused women, now all of our staff is sweating," said Briana Gutierrez, community education director at Family Outreach. "It's very uncomfortable. Brings down our spirit. We're trying really hard to look at the positive side, and get through it."

The cost to repair the damage is about $5,000, a big blow for a non-profit that offers all of their services, like counseling and parenting classes, at no cost. They're hoping a good samaritan will step up and help.

If not, they will battle through the heat until they come up with the money.


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