The Norwich branch of Easter Seals had their 10 air conditioners vandalized for the copper.
Easter Seals helps people with disabilities and special needs and it’s doing so in the heat after vandals damaged rooftop air conditioning units beyond repair.
Staff members of the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut’s Norwich facility returned on Tuesday from the long Memorial Day weekend to find the building’s 10 air conditioning/heating units on the roof destroyed, according to a news release from Easter Seals.
All of the units will need to be replaced. In the meantime, Easter Seals is using fans and portable air conditioning units to keep clients comfortable while the damaged units are being replaced.
Adult Day Programs at the facility will continue on a normal schedule.
“We are taking every precaution to maintain a comfortable atmosphere for our clients,” said Hugh Caldwell, Director of Adult Programs at the Norwich facility. “The health and safety of our clients is our number one concern.”
“The fact that vandals would target a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with disabilities is very troubling,” Allen Gouse, executive director, Easter Seals Capital Region and Eastern Connecticut, said. “We are committed to our patients and clients and will work through the challenges presented by these senseless acts.”
Easter Seals’ facility in Norwich adult day programs, including Day Support Options, Group and Individual Supported Employment for those living with disabilities.