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Homeless families in Rochester, New York, will get additional relief this season, thanks to a donation from Friedrich Air Conditioning Company.
Friedrich has partnered with its local Rochester distributor, Johnstone Supply, to provide Friedrich ChillÒ room air conditioning units for 11 homes owned and managed by Tempro, a Rochester-based nonprofit organization that builds housing for homeless families. Tempro provides the furnished homes to approximately 140 homeless families, with the aid of a social worker to help these families through the transition of homelessness to more permanent housing.
Without support from Friedrich, Tempro would not have been able to afford to 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 Tempro President Jerry Zakalik. “That’s why we are so grateful for this very generous donation and service to our community.”
Already, contractors have installed one of the Friedrich Chill units in the first Tempro home, and the remaining 10 will be installed in the other residences in the coming weeks.
As a father from one of the families living in a home where a new Chill unit was recently installed said, “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.”