Casino provides donation for heating repairs

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Courtesy Gun Lake Casino

Gun Lake Casino donated $13,500 to a nonprofit organization in Grand Rapids to keep its residents warm.

The casino made the donation to Exodus Place, a men’s transitional housing facility at 322 Front Ave SW in Grand Rapids, to fix its 25-year-old boiler that had three of the four heating pumps failing.

“It was getting pretty bad, especially when temperatures started dipping down into the single digits,” said Exodus Place resident Adam, whose last name was not disclosed. “It was a big talking point for all of us while the cold rooms were going on.”

The organization contracted VP&L Heating & Cooling Service for the repairs, which included the replacement of heating pumps, pipes and a thermostat.

“This is obviously a big expense for an organization like us,” said Exodus Place Founder and President Robb Munger. “It’s a 2 million-BTU (British thermal unit) boiler, so it’s a huge piece of equipment. This donation means so much. We can’t say thank you enough for helping us make an impact on the lives of our residents.”

The newly repaired boiler is expected to provide consistent heat for Exodus Place’s 135 residents for the next 20 years.

“Exodus Place plays an integral role in our community by providing men who have fallen on difficult times with transitional housing and other services (toward) becoming successful and independent,” said Gun Lake Casino President and COO Sal Semola. “We are grateful for the opportunity to donate to such a crucial cause to help keep their members warm during these frigid months.”

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