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Historic Utah YWCA building vandalized

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 01:19:41-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Late Thursday night, the YWCA Utah's historic administration building was broken into and severely damaged.

The person(s) who broke in caused "staggering damage" to the Peter and Paula Green Johnson building itself, as well as things inside — including personal property, furniture and equipment.

"Immediately, our shelter staff sprang into action to keep our campus community safe, securing shelter buildings and residents, notifying the police, and enacting our robust emergency safety protocol," the organization wrote in a press release. "Because of their bravery, competence, and commitment, all staff, women, and children at the YWCA are safe."

Although nobody was injured, the ordeal left them shaken.

"[It] not only damaged property, but our community’s emotional safety," the YWCA said. "Our windows are boarded, frames are dislodged, glass is shattered, and our YWCA community is shaken, but our resolve and commitment to YWCA’s mission, and each other, remain stronger than ever."

The historic building, on the corner of 300 East and 300 South in Salt Lake City, has been the home of Utah's YWCA branch for more than 100 years.

Police are investigating the incident.

Anyone looking to help the YWCA repair the building or support the organization in any other way is invited to contact chief development officer Pam Carlston: pcarlston@ywcautah.org