Parkersburg shelter given A/C unit

PARKERSBURG – House to Home will be a bit cooler this summer thanks to a donation by Grogg’s Heating and Air Conditioning.

Jessica Towner, operations manager for House to Home on Eighth Street in Parkersburg, said the home’s air conditioning unit has had issues for a while. The home serves 40 to 45 people daily, most coming from evening shelters such as the Salvation Army and the Latrobe Street Mission. Temperatures inside the home have been averaging in the high 80s, and the more people in the home, the hotter it becomes.

“The coil had cracked or broken,” Towner said. “Last year they came out and put coolant in, but that only gets us through a summer, and then it’s broken again. We’ve been needing a permanent fix for a while.”

Towner said she contacted Grogg’s to look at the unit and give an estimate. The part alone would have cost the nonprofit organization nearly $1,000.

Grogg’s owner Tim Hanlon said Friday the old coil had so many leaks it would not longer hold refrigerant. Hanlon and two installers worked Friday to remove the broken evaporator coil and install a new one.

“I told them we would do it for free. Everything, no charge,” Hanlon said.

Towner said the donation by Grogg’s was wonderful and she appreciated their help. As a nonprofit, she said, the home often relies on help from community members and businesses.

Hanlon said he couldn’t do otherwise.

“I consider it a privilege to help out, to be in a position to help out,” he said. “I consider it an honor to be able to give back to the community.”