An Owensboro special needs adult day training program has had its van stolen.
Puzzle Pieces Executive Director Amanda Owen says a van belonging to Center Piece was taken from the group’s parking lot.
Center Piece is an adult day training program that is an extension of Puzzle Pieces, according to Owen.
The van is a light gold colored 1994 Nissan Quest, used to take clients into the community for work and volunteer efforts. The van was taken from a parking space at the Center Piece facility on Back Square Drive near Towne Square Mall.
“It’s critical that we have the support of the community, and this was one way to do it, and to have it taken from us was a little sad,” says Owen.
Owen has filed a police report with Owensboro Police.
She says she still has the keys to the vehicle. It’s used to take their clients grocery shopping, to go to local charities, and other places.
“Whether we go and volunteer at Daniel Pitino Shelter or go grocery shopping, we use that van to get around the community as we are teaching them life skills,” she says.
The van was a donation from Greenwell Chisholm in 2018, according to Owen.
“I’m just really sad that this had to happen to them. It’s sad it happened to anybody, but especially to Puzzle Pieces that they use not just one or two people, but for several of their clients,” says Carl Greenwell, owner of Greenwell Chisholm.
Owen says they’re finding other ways to get around Owensboro, while police search for their vital van.
“Having the community support and being able to try to locate it, we just want it running and back in action,” Owen says.