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Onslow County homeless shelter installs air compressors

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

Crews installed parts of a new HVAC system for a Jacksonville homeless shelter and soup kitchen whose air conditioning system has been broken since May.

In the absence of working A/C, the Onslow Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter has been using fans to keep staff members and the homeless cool, said executive director Theo McClammy.

Crews placed air compressors on the roof of the facility on Thursday, but the homeless shelter still needs to replace duct work, supply and return and ceiling grills, the nonprofit said. 

"This is a large facility. The first phase will cost about $25,000. We have stepped out on faith to finance a new system," said Dr. Don Herring, Chairman of Onslow Community Outreach.

The existing HVAC system is 18 years old. Several contractors have looked at the old system and said it's no longer worthwhile. It has been patched and patched for years to keep it going as long as possible, said Herring.
 
On Tuesday, soup kitchen volunteers cooked and served over 100 meals for the needy.
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