St. Louis, Missouri – Thursday, September 9th, 2021– Gateway180 is suffering the from the effects of the recent surge in catalytic converter thefts in St. Louis City. Over the weekend, the catalytic converters were cut from both passenger and cargo vans owned and used by Gateway180.
The vans are used to transport clients to necessary appointments and resources, move them from the shelter to permanent housing, pick up donations, and more. The loss not only affects the agency itself, but also those it serves.
Gateway180 is a 150-bed shelter, located just north of Downtown. Agency vehicles are parked in front of the shelter on the street at night to ensure the vehicles remain in the scope of the agency’s security cameras. Unfortunately, this was not a deterrent, with both agency vehicles impacted.
“The theft of our catalytic convertors is both discouraging and frustrating. To think that someone would damage and disable a critical resource needed to enable families to access the tools needed to move forward to stable housing is reprehensible,” said Executive Director, Kathy Connors. She continued, “This is as much of a loss to the families relying on our transportation services, as it is to our agency.”