Head of Habitat for Humanity, Sheelagh Cooper, took to the local airwaves on Sunday (Feb 28) to appeal to members of the public to be on the look out for anyone trying to sell stolen goods taken from the Transformational Living Centre for Families (TLC).
The theft of industrial washers, a dryer and nine ceiling fans was discovered this morning.
Ms Cooper contacted Shirley Dill’s talk show to ask members of the public to be on the look out for anyone trying to sell the goods on the air.
In a statement released after the Sunday morning talk show, Habitat for Humanity and the Women’s Resource Centre said they were “most saddened to have discovered this morning, that thieves targeted the construction site…sometime overnight, making away with recently received brand new appliances set to be installed in the Centre”.
“Sometime in the night a truck and at least two thieves pulled up, gained access into the building and loaded up two brand new high quality industrial washers, a dryer and nine ceiling fans, all ready to be installed.
“The TLC for Families is a joint project headed up by Habitat for Humanity and the Women’s Resource Centre and is due to become a home and transformative program for up to 10 women and their families who are challenged in life, including being homeless.
“The renovations to the building are about 80 percent complete. It’s a terrible thing when thieves target a project like this”, said Sheelagh Cooper, chair of Habitat for Humanity who are overseeing the renovations of the Centre.
“Just Friday, someone reached out looking for a better way of life and a place to live for her family. It gave us hope that we are on the right path and will be meeting real needs in our community. Our hearts are broken that thieves would not consider the difference that such a facility and program will make in the lives of vulnerable single women in the community and their families.”
The appeal was made In a bid to recover the two Samsung industrial washers and a gas dryer, as well as nine 52” Hunter ceiling fans.
“We encourage folks to contact the Police, Habitat for Humanity at tel. 296-0256 or the Women’s Resource Centre at 295-3882 with any information.”