GUIDE Program at Family Services Awarded $5,000 “Going Green Initiative” Grant from The Phase Foundation

Date: Feb 13, 2013

(Gaithersburg, MD) – Family Services, Inc. (FSI) aims to become more environmentally friendly while allowing the organization to stretch its financial resources further in its mission to serve local individuals and families in need. The Going Green Initiative focuses on purchasing less expensive green energy as well as lowering energy usage in agency facilities. In January 2013, FSI was awarded a $5,000 grant from The Phase Foundation to help further implement GUIDE Program at FSI’s home energy retrofit program.

The home energy retrofit program is now in its third year and is focusing on completing weatherization efforts in three homes and the agency’s main office, in Prince George’s County. The project involves two congregate living homes that provide psychiatric residential rehabilitation services and housing for 12 adults with psychiatric disabilities, one home that provides therapeutic residential services for six adolescents with serious emotional disorders, as well as completing energy enhancements at the main office in Laurel. The Phase Foundation funding will specifically be utilized to provide additional insulation and air sealing to the agency’s newest home, in the Lanham area.

With help from the Maryland Energy Administration’s EmPOWERING Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program, as well as local businesses and foundations like The Phase Foundation, the program has provided weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to nine GUIDE/FSI facilities in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City. Home performance energy audits were conducted to identify energy retrofits that significantly improved heating and cooling and otherwise produced energy savings and reduced utility expenses. Energy efficiency retrofit activities have included improved insulation and air sealing and the replacement of aging mechanical systems and appliances. It is estimated that annually the overall project when completed should provide a savings of 70,756 kilowatt hours of electricity, 3,495 therms of natural gas and $14,564 in utility costs. Additionally the program will have provided for approximately $82,241 worth of replaced aging heating and cooling systems and appliances.

The Going Green Initiative supports FSI’s goal to of providing sustainable and high quality behavioral health and social services throughout the region. The severe downturn in the economy placed a great deal of fiscal stress on nonprofit, safety-net service providers like FSI, and the organization continues to look for creative and cost effective measures to ensure that the mission can be successfully met even during these challenging financial times.

About The Phase Foundation

Dr. Norris Hekimian, the only child of an Armenian immigrant, was an engineer and entrepreneur. He founded Hekimian Laboratories Incorporated, a telecommunications test equipment company, in 1968. With its first offices in his Rockville home, the company grew to more than $30 million in revenue before it was sold to Axel Johnson, Inc. in 1983, which later sold it to Spirent PLC in 2000 for $1.6 billion. A lifelong resident of the greater Washington, DC area, Dr. Hekimian and his wife, Betty, established the Phase Foundation after the sale of the company. The Phase Foundation continues to provide support to nonprofit organizations under the leadership of their children.

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