Mercy House of the Southern Tier Unveils Renovations, Made Possible by Avangrid Foundation and NYSEG
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK — Tuesday, December 19, 2017 — The Avangrid Foundation, the charitable arm of AVANGRID, Inc., the parent company of local subsidiary NYSEG, is providing support to Mercy House of the Southern Tier. The $20,000 gift assists with upgrades to the facility including roof repairs, new energy efficient appliances, and microbicidal anti-bacterial paint. The specialized paint, which is the first of its kind to kill 99 percent of bacteria, will help protect residents and employees from infections like Staph (Staphylococcus aureus) and E.Coli (Escherichia coli).
Mercy House of the Southern Tier is a community care shelter which provides a supportive and loving environment for people with terminal illnesses who can no longer remain at home. Residents spend their final days surrounded by their loved ones, and the love of Mercy House staff and volunteers.
“We are grateful for the grant award from the Avangrid Foundation. It has allowed us to complete necessary upgrades to better carry out our mission of caring for the terminally ill,” said Linda Cerra, Executive Director of Mercy House of the Southern Tier.
“NYSEG and the Avangrid Foundation are committed partners in strengthening our communities and providing support to the most critically in need,” said Nicole Licata Grant, Director, Avangrid Foundation. “Avangrid Foundation and our partners at NYSEG are grateful to play a small part in the impactful role Mercy House of the Southern Tier plays in assisting residents in their final days.”
NYSEG President and CEO Carl A. Taylor said, “NYSEG is proud to play a role in helping provide lasting memories for the loved ones of residents facing terminal illnesses. Our company is dedicated to supporting our communities’ most vulnerable.”
The Avangrid Foundation, Inc. is the principal philanthropic arm of AVANGRID, Inc. and its subsidiary companies, focusing upon funding activities that promote environmental sustainability and improve the well-being of the communities served by our utility affiliates, which include NYSEG and RG&E (New York); Central Maine Power Company (Maine), Maine Natural Gas (Maine); United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas Company, and Connecticut Natural Gas (CT); and Berkshire Gas Company (MA). It is also the corporate parent of Avangrid Renewables, headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
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About Mercy House of the Southern Tier: Mercy House is a ten bed, non-denominational community care shelter, providing a home and a supportive family to people with terminal illnesses who can no longer stay at home. Residents receive quality care in a home-like environment as an alternative to nursing homes, hospitals or at-home care. We offer private bedrooms, home cooked meals, chapel, and open visiting hours for family and friends. Hospice at Lourdes, a licensed hospice organization, provides hospice services which includes medical equipment and medical oversight. For more information, visit www.mercyhousesoutherntier.com
About NYSEG: NYSEG is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR). NYSEG serves 890,000 electricity customers and 264,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. For more information, visit www.nyseg.com.