Repeat vandals struck a community outreach house so hard it was forced to temporarily shut down. Now police are investigating to find whoever is trying to prevent operations.
On Thursday, child care director Nakia Smith says main wires were cut to Cleveland's East End Neighborhood House, leaving organizers with no power to operate for the day. Overnight Sunday, vandals struck again, this time cutting and removing all wiring to the building.
closed and not operating for whatever reason," said Smith.
The house has a history of helping people in the Buckeye community for more than 100 years. Staff at the house provide infant care, day care, senior health programs, educational courses, including GED instruction, plus a Meals on Wheels program to several hundred people. Unfortunately, these services will be cancelled on Monday.
Chaqunia Jackson teaches preschool at the house, but her classes will be cancelled to start the week.
"It is not about the building. It is about the things we do for other people. We don't know if somebody will miss a meal tomorrow because we cannot deliver," said Jackson.
An Alcoholics Anonymous class scheduled for Sunday carried on -- in the dark.
Costs to repair the severed power lines is estimated at $5,000. Those lines have been cut twice in one week, which will truly cost the nonprofit group and the people it serves.
Police are investigating, but no arrests have been made yet. East End organizers will hold an emergency community meeting on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
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