Planned drug and alcohol recovery center vandalized

Posted at 7:17 AM, Oct 24, 2013

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The founder of a rehabilitation center is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for vandalizing a proposed group home in St. George.

The eight bedroom home is a planned expansion of the Payson-based Steps Recovery Center and part of St. George’s Bloomington community.

Some Bloomington community members have expressed opposition to Steps Recovery Center’s plans to open a group home in their neighborhood.

Kevin Hansen, a contractor who is working on the home, said he believes a paint remover spray was used to damage the home’s siding as well as his trailer.

“They hit and went right across my name and the sign, the telephone number on my trailer, obviously to say ‘Hey, you know, we don’t like you here’,” Hansen said “Kind of disappointing to me that we’ve had people come and decide that, because they’re disinterested in wanting to have this in their neighborhood, that they’d have to do something to show that.”

Repairs for the home are expected to cost an estimated $2,000. Steps Recovery Center’s owners hope their Bloomington neighbors will see the facility as beneficial to the community after it opens in December.