Alfred Saliba Family Services Center works to rebuild after ruthless vandalism

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) – A group of teenagers now face charges in a series of crimes on Mother’s Day. They vandalized the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center in Dothan to the point that the facility had to close. The teenagers targeted the association twice on Sunday, and in less than 24 hours they tried a third time on Monday afternoon, in broad daylight, and were caught red-handed.

Dothan Police Department criminal investigator Lt Ronald Hall said: ‘So far four people have been charged in relation to the three break-ins that have taken place at this location, and we have learned the identity of other suspects who are also minors. So there will be more arrests.

While the police are busy tracking down the other vandals, the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center is busy picking up the pieces.

Debbie Geiger, site manager at the Alfred Saliba Family Services Centre, said: ‘It’s really bad. We basically have to get everything out of the rooms to take it out to clean everything, then clean the floors and wipe the walls, wipe down the counters, wipe down the desks. It’s just gonna take a lot of time. »

Their work is for them, but getting back to serving Wiregrass is what drives their efforts.

“We’re going to do everything we can to get it up and running as quickly as possible, so we can continue to do what we’ve always done and serve the community, and people in the community don’t lack the things they need in their lives to help them improve their lives.

With the help of those they serve, the center is already making progress.

Geiger says, “It just means a lot to us that so much of the community is willing to take time off work to come and help us rebuild, that’s really what we’re doing.

For now, they’re focused on reopening and hoping the kids who did this won’t do it elsewhere.

Geiger says, “For the magnitude of what they’ve done, honestly it should be something more than just a slap on the wrist because if that’s the case they’re going to come back and either knock us out. new or elsewhere. None of the nonprofits in town can really afford to have that much damage because we’re not making a profit to go back and restock everything.

Most of the stolen items, cell phones, a laptop and a projector, were recovered. So far, everyone involved in this case is facing felony charges. The family service center will remain closed indefinitely while they work to rebuild.

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