GraceWay Church in Florida With Recently Opened Coffee Shop Run by Autistic Adults Experiences Arson and Burglary

On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, the Youth Center at GraceWay Church in Leesburg, Florida was damaged by a fire. GraceWay Grounds & Café, a coffee shop overseen by adults on the Autism spectrum, was heavily damaged. | Facebook/GraceWay Grounds

A church in Florida with a recently opened coffee shop that was staffed by adults with autism spectrum disorder was the victim of a fire and burglary.

GraceWay Church in Leesburg experienced a fire last Friday that impacted their youth and children’s building, which also damaged the GraceWay Grounds coffee shop.

Alice Dickson, a spokesperson for GraceWay, reached out to The Christian Post via email on Sunday, explaining that the church was also burglarized.

“Friday night the Youth Center of GraceWay Church was set on fire and the church was burglarized. The Youth Center was gutted and GraceWay Grounds coffee shop and cafe was seriously damaged by smoke,” explained Dickson.

An investigation into the fire and burglary is ongoing, with the Daily Commercial reporting Saturday that police were talking with a “person of interest” about the crime.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Jones said that the unnamed individual was found passed out on his mother’s porch near the church, with drugs and a cut on his leg, reported the Commercial.

In a statement posted to their Facebook page on Friday, GraceWay Grounds explained that no one had been harmed in the fire, adding “Pray for us! Stay tuned for more info. #gracewaystrong.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski