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Non-profit thankful for help after vandalism

Posted at 4:45 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 18:20:40-05

A local non-profit says they’re grateful for the outpouring of support they’ve received since vandals ravaged their building last week, but they still need help.

February 19 a group of criminals break into Compassion in Action, a non-profit that helps those incarcerated and their families.  The vandals destroy whatever’s in sight, but don’t steal anything.  The non-profit is left with more than $10,000 in damage.

Founder Teela Mickles contacted KMTV, and within hours volunteers were picking the building up.

While the glass and fixtures could be cleaned up other things needed to be replaced.  Local churches have donated computer monitors and keyboards and a local business got them a new copier.  Mickles says the generosity creates a message of hope.

“It’s very rewarding to know that people are paying attention and they support our efforts and they support what we’re trying to do they realize how necessary it is to work with our population.  And it was very gratifying to see the people come quickly to get things back to normal,” Mickles described.

But they still need help since the roof in their recreation room where a lot of activities happen needs to be replaced, and so does the furniture and TV’s.  The criminals walked on the ceiling tiles and tore down insulation through the roof. They also destroyed the televisions.

“We have our “Raw Dawg” Gang Prevention Program we can’t meet, we can’t provide food or meals down there it’s totally unusable until we replace the ceiling,” Mickles explained.

If you have any information on who may be responsible call the Omaha Police Department at (402)-444-7867.
Compassion in Action says they need supplies and donations after this incident. 

If you would like to help call (402)-515-5277.  They can receive donations at P.O. Box 11483; Omaha, NE 68111.