Phoenix, Arizona (July 4, 2011) – As most Phoenicians were celebrating Independence Day at a family BBQ or by staying cool in the pool, some Valley veterans were likely trying to find a place to get shelter from the record-breaking, and sometimes deadly, 118-degree heat. Arizona has one of the highest average annual rates of death from heat exposure among U.S. states, with many of the victims being from the homeless population.
That’s why Chas Roberts Air Conditioning and Heating partnered with two local organizations to honor veterans by helping them stay cool this Independence Day. Chas Roberts performed maintenance and repairs on the air conditioning systems at two group residences run by nonprofit Arizona Housing Inc. Arizona Housing Inc. (AHI) provides clean, safe and affordable rentals to formerly homeless men, women and children. AHI works closely with Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), a nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness in the Phoenix metropolitan area. CASS is the largest provider of emergency shelter and supportive services for homeless individuals in Arizona and provides emergency shelter services to 1,000 men, women and children each night. CASS refers some of these individuals to AHI for longer-term housing.
“As the sister and wife of veterans, it breaks my heart that nearly 25% of the homeless population in this country is veterans,” said Chas Roberts CEO Roberta Roberts Shank. “Arizona’s summer heat can be deadly for the homeless so we didn’t have to think twice about joining with these two wonderful organizations to help these worthy veterans.”
Chas Roberts creates comfortable living environments for Arizona homeowners by providing quality installations and service of heating & air conditioning systems at competitive prices. Chas and Alice Roberts founded Chas Roberts Air Conditioning in 1942 and the business has been family owned and operated since day one. Today Chas Roberts, the largest HVAC provider in the state with eight locations including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tempe, Avondale, Sun City and Tucson, passes along its buying power to homeowners and backs its service with highly trained personnel and on-line scheduling capabilities. For more information, visit