Soulsville community center vandalized weeks before opening

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– A community center in Soulsville was vandalized just weeks before it opened its doors to the public.

Vanecia Kimbrow of the River Region Community Development Corporation described the damage to the property as incredible.

Kimbrow said the center at Mississippi Boulevard and Jennette Place was set to open next month and provide free services to children and adults in the community.

A week ago, the facility looked like a classroom with tables and chairs.

After returning from vacation on Wednesday, Kimbrow found someone had broken in and stolen almost everything inside, including two air conditioning units, all of the kitchen appliances, the toilet and even the tiling in the bathroom. of bath.

She said the thieves managed to force open a door behind the church and destroy months of hard work.

“They easily did a quarter dollar damage for a few thousand dollars. They destroyed months and months of work for nothing,” Kimbrow said.

She said that currently there is no surveillance video. They offer a $1,000 reward for the information.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (901)-528-CASH.

Jill E. Washington