Forty-two windows donated to group home

Renewal by Andersen donates to CARAGÂ’s Jorgensen House, a residence for adults with developmental disabilities

Renewal by Andersen donated the 42 windows worth an estimated $89,000. Credit: Jill Bachelder

CARAG — Forty-two energy-efficient windows were installed Friday in Opportunity Partners’ Jorgensen House, a CARAG-neighborhood residence for five adults with developmental disabilities.

The windows were donated to the house by Renewal by Andersen, a subsidiary of Andersen Corporation focused on window replacement. The donation, including materials and labor, is estimated by Opportunity Partners to be worth $89,000.

About 15 workers arrived at the house at 7 a.m. They were scheduled to finish between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Armando Camacho, president and CEO of Opportunity Partners, said the building was in desperate need of new windows. The old windows were installed in the 1920s and would let in cold drafts during the winter.

“This generous donation of maintenance free windows will reduce our heating and cooling costs, beautify this historic home and, most importantly, enhance the quality of life for the individuals with disabilities who have called this their home for more than 15 years,” Camacho said.

The house is one of over 20 residences operated by Opportunity Partners, a non-profit organization focused on serving people with disabilities through job training, employment and providing residential support.

Lisa Talbot, communications manager for Renewal by Andersen, said the company has a history of working on donation projects with Habitat for Humanity and organizations helping people with disabilities.

“This project was something that Andersen was really excited to be involved with,” Talbot said.

The installation constitutes the largest in-kind donation project every performed by Renewal by Andersen, said Dave Schutz, one of the Renewal by Andersen employees involved with the construction project. Having 15 people work on one house felt a bit like a “beehive,” but Schutz said the project was going smoothly.

Camacho said Opportunity Partners would continue to work with their corporate sponsors to renovate their houses and to increase the accessibility of their residences.