The National Centre for Persons with Disabilities is now calling on corporate T&T to help them secure their facility with cameras and alarms after thieves struck the centre eight times this year, the most recent occurring only this week.
The centre located on New Street, San Fernando, trains 210 differently-abled people in a range of vocational skills including, woodwork, welding, food preparation, office administration, garment construction, bookbinding and information technology.
However, chief executive officer, Dr Beverly Beckles said they have experienced a setback in holding classes because of the burglaries.
On Monday when the trainees arrived they found broken glass on the floor.
The thieves gained access by cutting through the roof.
They stole a wide array of hand tools used in the vocational department.
They smashed the glass cases containing snacks and they ransacked the offices.
Again yesterday morning, the trainees were greeted with shattered glass and broken items.
Once again Beckles said they came through the roof and stole kitchen utensils and office supplies.
During previous break-ins this year, Beckles said a flat-screen television donated by cricket legend Gus Logie, as well as laptops and furniture were stolen from the centre.
Beckles said they were fed-up with the break-ins and were never able to afford to hire security guards.
With the little subvention they get from the government, Beckles said they are hardpressed to pay their 61 members of staff as well as provide materials for the trainees.
She noted that some of the items stolen still have not been replaced.
The matter has been reported to the police and investigations are ongoing.
Reporter: Radhica De Silva