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Storm has organization on hold from structural damage

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 An organization that helps nearly 10-thousand young men surrounded by violence has to shut its doors for months because of Tuesday night's storm. Patrick Magley received a devastating message at 4:30 in the morning, "Got a call from the alarm system saying we had been broken into, and we really had been broken into by the storm," he says.

Walking into the Heroes Camp facility in Mishawaka, Magley was stunned. "Destruction. Our overhead door was on the middle court, we have three courts, so that flew at least 50 feet. Bleachers were turned upside down. A hole in the roof and a hole in that wall right over there," says Magley.

Teenagers like Jimmy Beane come to the gym at least 4 time a week. "It's actually changed my life. It's for people who don't have a father. You can come here, you can get great meals, you get to play basketball, have a great time, and learn about the Lord," says Beane.
    
But Tuesday nights storm has left these Heroes without a home court. "We're going to close it for a couple of months until we can get it healed and rebuild because there's structural damage," says Magley.

Magley says he's still waiting to hear back how much the damage is going to cost him, but he knows the men cannot play in the gym until it's fixed. He believes even though the doors to the gym will be closed, his members will follow the organization where it has to go temporarily. "In the meantime, we'll probably be in another gym and rent their gym. Right now we're still strategizing," he says.

Magley says they're hoping to have a plan on where they're going to continue their ministry and basketball games by Monday.



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