Randlin Homes is a place that takes in veterans with no where else to go.The veterans pay their dues by working at the store's two locations in Wausau. But now, the organization says they are facing tough times of their own.
Randlin Homes asks for gently used donations- anything from couches to kitchen electronics. But lately, the president of Randlin Homes says the store on 6th Street has had people dropping off unusable items like broken microwaves and furniture, even bags of garbage. The worst of the problems came Saturday night when the vehicle the home uses for transportation was burned, making it undrivable. The car was in the process of being repaired.
Linda Larson Schlitz, President of Randlin Homes says, "We finally got someone to fix it. It’s been sitting here for a long time. We got a call from the fire department this morning and they said it’s completely destroyed."
She says the car allowed Randlin Homes to move furniture and even help residents get to and from work. The same location has also had thieves stealing merchandise in the past few weeks.
On each attempt, people have broken windows and stolen hundreds of dollars worth of goods, making it hard for the store to stay afloat.
The president says they hope to raise enough money to install a security system as soon as possible.