For Release: 09/10/2016
North Shore Gas and Community Action Partnership of Lake County join forces to provide affordable housing to veterans in North Chicago
Dozens of volunteers, including veterans, rehabilitate townhomes on Volunteer Day
North Chicago – Mary Lockhart White, executive director and CEO of Community Action Partnership of Lake County (CAPOLC) joined Lori Flores Rolfson, vice president — operations and maintenance, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas and a group of North Shore Gas employees today on this Patriot Day weekend to honor two veteran families with affordable rehabbed townhomes in North Chicago.
Dozens of volunteers, including two veterans who are employees of North Shore Gas, participated in Volunteer Day with the theme of "Home and Honor" — an opportunity to serve those who have served others. North Shore Gas volunteers painted, installed blinds, assembled beds, hung picture frames and moved in furniture to make the homes move-in ready. The volunteers also decorated a nursery for an expectant veteran mother.
In addition to volunteers, the North Shore Gas' energy efficiency team was on site to perform home energy audits. As part of the company's Home Energy Jumpstart program, energy-saving products were installed, including showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe insulation and CFL bulbs.
"We are proud to partner on this project with North Shore Gas, whose commitment to serving the community closely aligns with our mission to promote self-sufficiency of families and individuals with low incomes and improve the standard of living in Lake County," said Lockhart White.
CAPOLC has rehabbed 10 three-bedroom homes for veterans this year. This partnership will bring new homes to two additional veteran families who have struggled to find homes since their return from serving in Iraq.
In preparation for the Volunteer Day, North Shore Gas employees have been making home improvements for the past two weeks that include building decks in the front and rear of the homes, installing four basement windows and eight ceiling fans, repairing one home's stove, purchasing and installing a new stove, repairing drywall, and performing an inside safety inspection.
"Together we have the power to impact the lives of veterans who have served and protected us," said Flores Rolfson. "It is an honor to give back to our fellow servicemen and women and their families on the eve of Patriot Day."
North Shore Gas, a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 159,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago. You can find more information about natural gas safety, energy efficiency and other energy-related topics at northshoregasdelivery.com.
Veterans Housing @Hervey provides housing and support services for U.S. military veterans and their children. There is a special emphasis on women veterans with children. The project's goals are to provide stable housing for homeless and near-homeless veterans with children and to remove obstacles that are preventing these veterans from receiving existing job benefits that will return them to self-sufficiency. The Lake County 10-year plan is for 61 percent of homeless people to move from transitional housing to permanent housing. This project addresses the Lake County homeless reduction plan.
Community Action Partnership of Lake County (CAPOLC) is one of 1,000 agencies across the United States established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on poverty. CAPOLC is one of the largest social service organizations in Lake County serving 24,000 individuals and families annually. Services are in seven program areas: Pre-K education through Head Start and other early childhood education programs that focus on kindergarten readiness; Youth and Family Services that include emergency assistance, self-sufficiency case management, employment and training, scholarships, and a food pantry; Affordable Housing for low-income individuals and families plus long-term transitional housing for honorably discharged homeless Veterans; home heating bill payment assistance; home weatherization; Small Business Development and professional training; and the RSVP Senior Volunteer Program. For more information, visit caplakecounty.org.
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