TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Gateway Cathedral is a former staple in the community and is in the middle of a big renovation project.
The church has been broken into and vandalized three times in November alone.
“This was a place were people could get fed. People voted here. They gave away clothes here. It was very much a staple here in this community,” said Pastor Norman J. Scearce
At one point the church has been closed and vandalized several times. However, the church reopened and has a growing congregation of about 50.
“They are breaking glass. Prying open doors to get inside the building. This most recent time they broke the glass on the entry doors to come in,” said Scearce.
The church has replaced most of the damage at a hefty cost. The thieves got away with things like diapers and clothes.
Gateway even has a Blessing box/cabinet that is regularly stocked with essentials, located right in front of the church.
“We belong to you. All you have to do is ask. We are here to serve the Trotwood community by any means necessary. We are dedicated to that,” said Scearce.
To show the vandalism suspects and the community how much they care, the church will be giving out free supplies at at 5501 Olive road, Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“We will be giving away some clothes. Maybe some household items. Anything we think the community will need. You don’t have to steal it. We will give it to you,” said Scearce.
The Trotwood Police Department is aware of the break-ins and will provide extra patrols in the area.