December 17, 2014

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Industrial AC units stolen from Lorain church

KRISTIN BAUER CHRONICLE Teresa Frasure, coordinator for The Vine of Hope Community Center, stands outside of the center on Tuesday, July 30 in front of the area in which industrial air conditioning units were stolen sometime this past weekend. Frasure said the air conditioning units are essential in the center's ability to help families with food, furniture and clothing bank outreach programs, which have helped over 11,000 families in the past.

KRISTIN BAUER CHRONICLE
Teresa Frasure, coordinator for The Vine of Hope Community Center, stands outside of the center on Tuesday, July 30 in front of the area in which industrial air conditioning units were stolen sometime this past weekend. Frasure said the air conditioning units are essential in the center’s ability to help families with food, furniture and clothing bank outreach programs, which have helped over 11,000 families in the past.

LORAIN — Vine of Hope parishioners could be feeling the heat if insurance doesn’t cover the cost of replacing two stolen air conditioners.

The weekend theft of the industrial air conditioners, which church/community center coordinator Teresa Frasure said cost about $30,000 to purchase in 2011, came at a bad time. Frasure said the church and community center changed insurance companies last week and she’s unsure if the new policy will cover the theft.

“We have not a clue if it’s going to cover all of it, part of it or none of it,” Frasure said Tuesday.

Frasure said the air conditioners, attached to the outside of the building, were stolen this weekend, according to police Officer William Lachner’s report.
Lachner wrote that wiring around the air conditioners was cut to remove them.

If the church at 1310 Colorado Ave., isn’t reimbursed, Frasure said it may take a year to raise money for new air conditioners. She said without air conditioning, summer heat can be stifling in the 36,000-square foot building. It includes a church, food pantry and warehouse for clothing and furniture for poor people.

Since the approximately 200-member congregation moved to the building in 2007, the Christian church’s primary mission has been helping poor people, Frasure said. More than 900 families were helped in 2011, the latest year statistics were available.

Having to spend scarce resources on new air conditioning will mean less help for needy people.

“How do you tell families that we don’t have funds to do this and this because we just got robbed?” Frasure asked. “There’s just so many people who come through here who are in such great need.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.