(WXYZ) - Now-- more than ever, Doug and Deena Trocino know how much their community cares.
"We started getting a response right after the story," says Doug Trocino.
That support came after 7 Action News shared their story about a break-in at Eastside Teen Outreach in Eastpointe.
The Trocino's founded the non-profit back in 2008 to help troubled teens.
Nothing was stolen, but the $1,000 in damage to the building threatened to shut them down. They say it's money they just don't have.
"We were really afraid that expense could take us out of business," says Doug Trocino.
After sharing the story about the break-in and letting you know about a fundraiser the center was having, the donations started coming in.
They raised more than $3,500 and that covers more than fixing the damage to the building.
"That was the biggest expense that we had...securing it with lighting and security cameras which we didn't have before this happened," says Deena Trocino.
The Trocinos say what happened also stirred up emotions in the teens who come here.
They rallied to help, too.
"We had one teen that gave us a dollar," says Deena Trocino.
The Trocinos say the outpouring of support has given their teens a real sense of family. The teens will even be using the broken glass from the damage to create a sculpture for the center.
"These kids come in broken and they find acceptance and love and they become something
that's whole. To them, the glass represents who they are and the hope they have for their future," she says.
We're told some people have even come forward wanting to volunteer their time with the organization.
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