A local community center is continuing its mission after someone broke into its facility.
According to leaders of the Hope Center, two laptops, two tablets and a cash box were stolen. The community center has been a place that helps people in need, offers after-school programs and helps community members look for jobs.
“It really means a lot to this neighborhood and to the city of Roanoke,” said Grover Price, director of the Hope Center.
Price and his wife said the stolen devices and cash make it harder to offer services the center provides.
“The kids do their homework online,” said Aerreall Price. “We have people that just come in – they want help with resumes. You have to do it online.”
People from the community have been reaching out asking what they can do to help, Aerreall Price said. One of the biggest ways people can help is by supporting the Hope Festival, she said, which features performances, activities for kids and vendors to offer help in areas like careers and health care. It is the group’s biggest fundraiser.
“You can’t just fall and stay down,” she said. “You have to get back up.”
People can help not just by donating, but also by volunteering their time at the Hope Center, Aerreall Price said.
Grover Price said he does not fault the people responsible for the burglary and has told police he does not want to press charges.
“It just was senseless,” Grover Price said. “They could have just asked us – we would have been able to give them whatever they needed.”
The Hope Festival is set for May 27 at Melrose Park, Grover Price said.
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