Vocational school re-opens after heartbreaking theft
Published Friday, August 10, 2012 7:13PM ADT
Last Updated Friday, August 10, 2012 7:33PM ADT
It was back to business for clients at a vocational centre for adults with intellectual disabilities Friday.
New Boundaries was targeted by thieves earlier in the week, when their truck was stolen and torched. The crooks also got away with a safe containing paycheques for the clients.
“There is still a little anxiety being expressed, some tears, it’s a violation to them of a place that they feel safe in,” says New Boundaries Executive Director Cindy Carruthers.
When the staff at New Boundaries realized the centre had been broken into on Thursday, they sent the clients home for the day.
“There’s no reason,” says client Lucas Taylor. “The truck was just gone, disappeared.”
The truck was found a couple of communities away, destroyed by fire. The vehicle had been used to take clients to and from their work places in town and their local literacy program, as well as to pick up donated goods for their store.
“When I went to see the truck, I seen it and Matt Swinemar had to hold me back cause I was crying in his arms the whole time I seen it,” says client Justin MacPhee.
The staff was equally upset at the loss of their safe, which had contained the clients paycheques, some cash, a camera and other hard to replace items were gone.
“It was disturbing to many of them not to receive their pay,” says Carruthers. “It causes a great deal of anxiety, some individuals live from paycheque to paycheque.”
Fortunately, staff were able to redo payroll and cheques were handed out today, however, they are still trying to figure out what to do about the truck. Insurance covers the value of it, but it was 11 years old.
It hasn’t taken long for news of what happened at the centre to make its way around town and people are already showing their support.
Less White owns a business in town and has started a collection jar to help in whatever way she can.
“This organization does such wonderful things for people who have various disadvantages and for somebody to take from people who are already struggling, it is, I just fin it exceptionally cruel,” says White.
“We know we’re part of the community, but it’s wonderful to see the community reaching out to us in our hour of need and offering and extending some help and support and even some words of encouragement,” says Carruthers.
With files from CTV's Jacqueline Foster