A women’s homeless shelter was burglarized for the second time in two weeks.
The offices of Emmaus Women’s Shelter at 321B Greenville St., were broken into June 8 and again Saturday night.
On June 8, a window at the front door was broken and thieves took a flat screen television that had been donated by Walmart and two computers. On Saturday, thieves broke into a back door, but left without taking anything when an alarm was set off.
Shelter staff had installed an alarm system after the first break-in.
“It’s frustrating that someone will take from the poorest of the poor,” said Kay Elam, executive director of Emmaus Women’s Shelter. “We don’t think it was someone who was poor. We had three freezers full of food and the shelves were stocked, but none of that was taken. They only took the television and computers.”
While the shelter will have to find the resources to replace the items, the information stored on the computers will be a bigger challenge.
“The computers had our operations information and also our donor database. We track all our donors and we have the list through November, but if anyone donated since then, we don’t have that,” Elam said. “We sure would like a call from those donors to let us know who they are.”
The television that was stolen was used for instructional purposes and for an occasional movie day. Replacing that will have to wait until after the computers have been purchased, Elam said.
To update donor information, call Emmaus Shelter offices at 706-883-7471.