Mesa resident Carol Cifelli was without a water heater for several days, according to a press release.
“Cold showers and cold water for cleaning dishes does not provide for the best sanitary conditions,” Ms. Cifelli, who is disabled, said in the release.
Living in low-income housing and not able to afford a much-needed water heater, Ms Cifelli reached out to several assistance programs for help with no success. She was eventually directed to the local Foundation for Senior Living, a nonprofit organization that supports qualifying seniors whose homes need repairs and renovations, and with the help of a donation from The Sunny Plumber was able to replace the water heater the next day, according to the release.
FSL manages the full cycle of repairs including funding, contracting and permitting through $100,000 in grants donated by The Sunny Plumber to support local senior home improvements. These improvements enable seniors to continue to live safely and comfortably with dignity in their homes, according to the release.
The Sunny Plumber, in partnership with FSL, has donated new gas and electric water heaters as well as copper re-piping and plumbing services to numerous metro-Phoenix residents over the past several months.
“As we experience our own parents aging, we became more aware of the need many seniors, who live on limited fixed incomes, have with severe plumbing and heating/cooling problems in their homes,” Gary Eisenhauer, general manager at The Sunny Plumber, said in the release. “We are grateful there are organizations like FSL who will manage donations and repairs for seniors who are living in deteriorating environments.”
Katie Martin, program director for FSL agrees and said that the donation by The Sunny Plumber enables the nonprofit organization to provide essential services to seniors throughout metro Phoenix.
“Most of our clients are on limited fixed incomes and when they have serious plumbing issues, it can cause them not to have water in their home without the resources to repair them. Often, they end up living in unsafe conditions and it can take several months for them to go through the funding process. These funds will allow us to respond immediately to these situations and use our other funding for less immediate needs,” she said in the release.
For more information on the FSL organization, visit http://www.fsl.org/a-safe-home/home-improvements.
The Sunny Plumber offers plumbing services throughout the Southwest. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.