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Vandals target women's home for copper

The future of an East Texas women's shelter is in limbo after vandals struck for the second time in three weeks.

The home is located on the 1300 block of Jefferson Street in Sulphur Springs.

The non-profit organization, "Women Offering Women Support," has been renovating the home since 2004.

"They just ransacked the place they got the pick ax and busted down the sheetrock to pull all of the copper out from behind the tubs and they've also began to pull out the electrical wiring that we just put in," said Tammy Pearson, Founder of Chrysalis House.

For Tammy, opening this women's home was a mission sent by God.

"I was a single mom for 7 years and just faced a lot of hardships and I just prayed and asked the Lord to just show me what he wanted me to do, and I just began to have single mothers come into my pathway," said Tammy.

In 2003, she started Women Offering Women Support, and one year later they were donated a 27,000 square foot building.

"This building was donated to our organization so that we could renovate it and house up to 108 women and children," said Tammy.

Tammy said the organization has been renovating the building for the last eight years, with all of their funding coming from donations. Which means with the recent break ins, opening the home to families who are struggling financially is undetermined.

"You know I'm thinking their wives, their daughters, their sisters are the type of women we could be helping and they're just making it harder for us," said Tammy.

As of now, the closes women's home is in Dallas or Paris, TX, which Tammy said is not close enough for the families who need help here and now.

Sulphur Springs Police said the suspects targeted the wiring in the home and appliances, possibly looking for copper.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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