Thompson House awarded $300,000 grant

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, April 26, 2011, by Jaime Cone

“BRATTLEBORO– Thompson House residential nursing facility recently received a USDA loan of more than $300,000 for the installation of a modern cooling and ventilation system. In observation of Earth Day, the United States Department of Agriculture announced April 22 that a $331,000 Community Facility Loan and a $27,300 Community Facility Grant will be awarded to Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association, Inc., the owner of the Thompson House. The new cooling and ventilation system will decrease energy consumption, allowing the Thompson House to save money while enhancing the comfort of its residents, according to a press release issued by the USDA. The rooms of Thompson House’s 60 residents are currently cooled with residential-style window air conditioners. Previous Central Vermont Public Service audits have indicated that the electrical drain on the facility was too great; health and safety concerns, plus the lack of light in residents’ rooms, made it clear that a solution was needed, the release states. Dane Rank, administrator for Thompson House, said the new system should help allow the residents — and the 79 employees — to be healthier and more comfortable in Thompson House, which was built in 1956…”

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