Shutters stolen from charity in Fort Lauderdale

H.O.M.E.S non-profit organization looking to replace 50 shutters

By Christina Vazquez - Reporter
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Thieves stole 50 hurricane shutters early Friday from a charity in Fort Lauderdale that helps transition teens who have aged out of the foster care system.

In a news release, H.O.M.E.S. CEO Kathy Barry said the shutters were removed from apartments the non-profit provides to 25 youth and their small children.

The charity said it does not have enough money to cover the loss.

"It is our deepest concern that at the end of this hurricane season our kids might have to bear the brunt of a storm similar to Sandy without proper protection," Barry said in the release.

"Unfortunately, we do not have video surveillance. We had purchased surveillance cameras, but sadly never had the proper funds to install them," said spokeswoman Julie Murphy. "We filed a report with the Fort Lauderdale police this morning when we discovered that they had been stolen."

If you or someone you know is capable of assisting them, please call H.O.M.E.S., Inc. at 954-563-5454. You can also send an email to or visit

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