Horizon, Warm The Heart Pitch In to Help Chester County Homeowner

Unionville Man Has Heat and Electricity for First Time in Five Years


(EXTON, PA / KENNETT SQUARE, PA; January 14, 2010) — A Unionville, PA homeowner has become the first in Pennsylvania to benefit from Horizon Services’ Warm The Heart free-furnace campaign.

Mr. Ellis Mitchell had lived with his mother in her Unionville home for years, leaving his job to care for her full-time when she developed Alzheimer’s Disease in 1999. When his mother died in 2004, Mitchell inherited the home, but his mother’s Social Security benefits ended, and he had no income. He worked odd jobs to make ends meet, but it was not enough.

In 2005, heat was cut off to Mitchell’s home. The following year, his electricity was terminated. For the next five years, he continued to live in the house with no heat, electricity or running water because he couldn’t afford it and was too humble to ask for aid.

Today, Mitchell lives in a warm house that has electricity and running water, thanks to Horizon Services’ Warm The Heart program and other area community service organizations.

Warm The Heart is a non-profit organization founded by Horizon Services to provide free new furnaces to low-income families who live with no or inadequate heat in the winter. Last week, Warm the Heart installed a new, energy-efficient furnace in Mr. Mitchell’s home.

To date, Warm the Heart has helped more than 50 low-income Delaware homeowners enjoy the benefits of safe, affordable heat in the winter. But according to John Cameron, Horizon’s Pennsylvania Sales Manager, news of Mitchell’s plight was more than enough reason for Warm the Heart to extend its reach across state lines.

“When we heard of Mr. Mitchell’s situation, we knew we had to get involved,” said Cameron. “The employees of Horizon Services are proud to live, work and be part of the communities in which we serve, and when we see one of our neighbors in need, we’re proud to lend him a helping hand. That’s what neighbors do.”

Horizon Services and Warm the Heart certainly weren’t alone in helping Mr. Mitchell. Longwood Rotary Club, PathStone, La Comunidad Hispana and the Garage Youth Center of Kennett Square have also come to Mitchell’s aid, helping him out with home improvements, bill payments, counseling, even helping him land a full-time job.

Residents who want to help Mr. Mitchell can send tax-deductible contributions to:

Good Neighbors
c/o “The Ellis Mitchell Fund”
111 Marshall St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Tax-deductible contributions to Warm the Heart can be made year-round to:

Warm the Heart
c/o Horizon Services, Inc.
320 Century Blvd.
Wilmington, DE 19808

John Costa and John Cameron of Horizon Services help install a new furnace in the Unionville, PA home of Ellis Mitchell.

John Costa and John Cameron of Horizon Services help install a new furnace in the Unionville, PA home of Ellis Mitchell.

About Horizon Services:
Horizon Services is the Delaware Valley’s leading plumbing, heating, air conditioning, drain cleaning and sewer & water line replacement services company, providing repair, maintenance, sales and installation to homeowners in Delaware (New Castle County, Kent County), Pennsylvania (Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County, and Bucks County), New Jersey (Gloucester County, Camden County and Burlington County), and Maryland (Cecil County). Horizon Services is headquartered in Wilmington, DE with additional offices in Audubon, PA and Mount Laurel, NJ. Website: http://www.horizonservicesinc.com.

About Warm The Heart:
Warm The Heart is a not-for-profit organization that exists as a means to provide replacement furnaces to needy families in the state of Delaware who are not able to afford them on their own this winter. Founded by the employees of Horizon Services, Inc. in 2005, Warm the Heart was created to deliver necessary relief to less fortunate families who might otherwise ignore the potential life threatening issues of a faulty heating system and ease the pain of increasing utility bills by replacing old and damaged furnaces with new, high-efficiency heaters. To date, Warm the Heart has donated brand new furnaces for over 50 needy Delaware families and will purchase and install an additional 14 new furnaces in 2009/2010.

Media Contact:
Frank Iacono
(302) 221-3511


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