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Friedrich Donates Equipment to Roy Maas Youth Alternatives

Friedrich Air Conditioning Co., a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of heating, cooling and other room air conditioning products, has donated a variety of A/C products to the Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) Turning Point Transitional Living, a nonprofit program that helps local at-risk young adults (age18-24) learn how to live productive, independent lives.

On August 26 Roy Maas Youth Alternatives held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony along with an Open House for the RMYA Turning Point "Annie Laurie” House.
On August 26 Roy Maas Youth Alternatives held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony along with an Open House for the RMYA Turning Point “Annie Laurie” House.

RMYA Turning Point recently opened its sixth home in San Antonio, named the “Annie Laurie” House, designed to assist youth who need a safe place to live and have aged out of foster care or who are homeless. It is the only program of its kind in San Antonio, housing up to 32 youth at a time in this 18-month program.

Friedrich provided a multi-zone ductless mini-split system and four Friedrich Kühl window air conditioning units to help ensure the new 1,385 square foot home is a comfortable, welcoming place for its occupants, many of whom came from abusive and neglectful homes or who literally had no place to go after foster care. The Annie Laurie home will provide more at-risk young adults with a supervised, safe and secure place to live while learning how to care for themselves so that they can become independent, productive and empowered members of the community.

“Gaining the support of Friedrich Air Conditioning as a donor sponsor for the Annie Laurie Turning Point home was a Godsend. They offered help just when we were in great need of HVAC equipment to finish this newly renovated house,” said Gail Ribalta, Chief Development and Administrative Officer for RMYA. “We are greatly appreciative of their extremely generous help and expertise, and proud that they have become a community partner in making this house a refuge for so many deserving San Antonio youth.”

The company’s donation included a Friedrich Floating Air® Series two-ton ductless split system that will serve to provide efficient heating and cooling capabilities in the shared areas of the home, including the kitchen and living spaces. Friedrich’s Floating Air Series offers the latest in inverter technology innovation, which quietly varies the compressor and indoor fan speeds, smoothly and quickly adjusting to the desired temperature automatically while helping maximize energy efficiency. Friedrich also provided a Kühl window A/C unit for each of the home’s three separate bedrooms and dining room. Known for quiet operation and powerful performance, these units will provide essential, customizable cooling capabilities to help ensure a comfortable and restful environment for the residents. Friedrich offers a wide range of customizable, efficient room air conditioner solutions, which offer flexibility to address the unique needs of both residential and multi-family spaces.

“The RMYA Turning Point Transitional Living program provides such an important service for youth in this community who might otherwise fall through the cracks,” said Lionel Lopez, Director of Engineering at Friedrich Air Conditioning. “Caring for our local community and knowing that our products are providing great relief for those in need are aligned with our corporate and employee values, and we are proud to support this essential cause.”

About Friedrich Air Conditioning Co.

Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the most sophisticated, energy efficient and quietest available. For more information, visit www.friedrich.com.

About RMYA

Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, provides therapeutic support and shelter for children to heal from the trauma of severe abuse and violence. Our programs include emergency shelters and long-term residential programs for children in crisis; a drop-in center for homeless, runaway and trafficked youth; a community family counseling and resource center; and a transitional living program for homeless community and former foster care youth, including youth in extended foster care. For more information, visit www.RMYA.org.

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