SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Homeless families in Rochester, New York, will get additional relief this summer, thanks to a generous donation from Friedrich Air Conditioning Co.
Friedrich has partnered with its local Rochester distributor, Johnstone Supply, to provide Friedrich Chill room air-conditioning units for 11 homes owned and managed by Tempro, a Rochester-based nonprofit organization that builds housing for homeless families. Tempo provides furnished homes with the aid of a social worker to help families through the transition of homelessness to more permanent housing.
Tempro provides temporary housing assistance to approximately 140 homeless families. Without support from Friedrich, the organization would not have been able to afford to cool the homes and ensure the comfort of those it serves during the hot weather season.
“For homeless families working to get back on their feet, finding safe, temporary housing is challenging and stressful enough without also enduring the hot weather season with no relief,” said Jerry Zakalik, president, Tempro. “That’s why we are so grateful for this very generous donation and service to our community.”
Contractors have installed one of the Friedrich Chill units in the first Tempro home; the remaining 10 will be installed in the other residences in the coming weeks. Friedrich’s Chill units are ENERGY STAR-qualified, which will help save money on energy and long-term operational costs. Other benefits of the Friedrich Chill line include powerful and quiet operation and environmentally sustainable features, such as R-32 refrigerant with low Global Warming Potential.
“It means so much to us to have a place to stay while we go through this challenge. To know someone really cares and is even installing air conditioners is just awesome,” said a father from one of the families living in a home where a new Chill unit was recently installed. DC