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Our 2015 Gala was extremely successful and the Pridmore Center has truly been blessed by the funds raised. We wish to thank all who attended and or supported the Gala and without this support from the community, The Salvation Army could not continue the mission that God has chosen.
The inside of the shelter has been painted and new flooring put down.The supply closet is fully stocked with undergarments and toiletries for the women and children. Bus tickets were purchased for the residents, that don’t have their own transportation, to use. We will be able to send children to summer camp for three weeks, enabling their mother to look for employment without having to bring her children along while they are on summer break from school. All this was made possible by the donations received through our donation table purchases during the Gala.
As far as the A/C issues the first thing we did was contact several contractors, two A/C and one general contractor. They came out and looked over everything, and it was discovered that the building had some issues that needed to be addressed first, and these are also some of the reasons the building was having problems in the first place. The fresh-air make-up fan that helps balance the kitchen hood exhaust system was not working and needed to be replaced. This will stop the air infiltration from the attic into the air-conditioned space below (just the technical way of saying that the hood was pulling in hot air from the attic while sucking out the cold air from the building). It was also discovered that the roof did not have any venting, so two new 30 amp solar powered attic fans were installed to help exhaust heat from the attic. This should help lower our electric bill as the air conditioning will not have to work as hard between a cooler attic and a properly operating kitchen hood. Also, a negotiated fixed wholesale price with GE for new PTAC air conditioning units, with higher energy efficiency, for the rooms has been acquired. We have replaced two units to date and will replace more as needed. We plan to keep one on hand as to reduce the down time.
Our next project is to add louvers to the lower half the restroom doors in the resident rooms. This will help bring ventilation into the restrooms when the doors are closed since currently there is no air conditioning in the restrooms, thus correcting and preventing future moisture issues. Long story short, our ladies and children are nice and cozy and our electric bills are a little less terrifying! Thank you for your support!