Officials from Turning Point said that the recent vandalism that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday will not slow down construction.
Paula Roller, the executive director of Turning Point, said that someone broke into the domestic violence shelter currently under construction at 500 North Liberty Street and damaged items inside the building. Roller said a window was broken and used to gain entrance to the secured construction site.
Roller said in total, the intruder or intruders, broke 23 windows including many that had not been installed yet. She said Turning Point has insurance but is still working on calculating the total amount of damage.
“I don’t expect this to delay our project in any way,” Roller said. “It’s more of a nuisance. It is our intention to move in in the spring. The sooner we finish, the sooner the building will be occupied and secured. I’m eager for us to to move in.”
Roller said Turning Point has raised about $2 million of their goal of $3.2 million and is still accepting donations at their website, http://turningpoint6.org for the project.
“We need help to be able to finish this project and we welcome any support large or small,” Roller said.
The City of Delaware Police Department opened an investigation into the damage but reported that there were no suspects at this time.
Roller also thanked the Delaware community for their support.
“We’ve just found such great support in Delaware, and are looking forward to having physical presence,” Roller said. “The support has been awesome. I want to thank the community. This is not going to slow us down.”
Plans for a Turning Point facility in Delaware were announced in September 2016 when Turning Point began accepting donations, hoping to reach $3.2 million in order to renovate the facility located at 500 North Liberty Street.
When completed, the facility will be able to house 45 individuals and will have eight suites for families as well as transitional housing and a heated kennel for pets of clients.
At an event last month, Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin said Delaware County is the largest county in Ohio that doesn’t have a domestic violence shelter and said he was excited to have the facility open next year.
Contact Glenn Battishill at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.