House to Home receives relief from summer heat
PARKERSBURG — Grogg’s Heating and Air Conditioning donated and installed new heating and air conditioning systems Friday at House to Home.
“We haven’t had air conditioning this year,” said Jessy Towner, director of operations at House to Home on Eighth Street in Parkersburg. “It was 91 degrees inside the house the other day. It was miserable.”
The home serves 40-45 people daily, most coming from evening shelters such as the Salvation Army and the Latrobe Street Mission. This week the home has averaged about 50 people checking in, and as more people come into the house and use laundry and shower facilities, the temperature rises.
“The numbers have not gone down,” she said. Towner and other employees brought in fans to help circulate air, but officials were working to find a more permanent solution. Replacements and repairs were estimated at several thousand dollars, Towner said.
“We have to do what we have to do,” she said.
In 2014, Grogg’s donated and installed a new coil in the house’s air conditioning system. Grogg’s owner Tim Hanlon said Friday the old air conditioning unit was now “beyond repair,” and when he spoke to Towner about purchasing a new system, he and his wife and co-owner Carma Hanlon decided to donate the units instead.
Tim Hanlon said by installing a new system, House to Home would have a 10-year warranty on parts and maintenance.
“That’ll save them some money in their budget,” he said.
The new units were installed Friday, and Tim Hanlon said there was no cost to House to Home for the units or installation.
“It’s just the right thing to do,” he said. “We’ve had a string of good years. It’s a way to give back to those less fortunate than us.”
Credit: Michael Erb, Reporter, News and Sentinel