From left are: Natalie Ashton, executive director of Home Aid; Stephen Slattery, apprentice from INSTALL Chicago; Mike Marcotte, floorcovering instructor for INSTAL Chicago; Ken Townsell, apprentice from INSTALL Chicago; Erin Tamms, volunteer coordinator for Shelter Inc.


A crew of flooring installation professionals from the INSTALL Chicago program recently provided new flooring installation for a shelter in desperate need of renovation. Shelter Inc., which operates the Jennings Group Home for Girls out of the 100-year-old Jennings House in Schaumburg, Illinois, provides emergency housing for teenage girls who have been abused or neglected. When shelter officials sought to give the facility a more home-like feel, the members of INSTALL Chicago teamed to get new flooring installed expertly and efficiently.

“We have a strong commitment to the community, and are proud to come to the aid of such a worthy organization as this,” said Keith Jutkins, coordinator of the INSTALL Chicago program.

 The INSTALL Chicago professionals were part of a 45-member contingent who provided flooring, plumbing, electrical, painting, cabinets and fixtures for the house.