Partnership With Entergy Texas Brings Respite From Heat for Elderly
Cleveland, Texas – Entergy Texas,
Inc. and the Cleveland Senior Center have partnered to open the center as a
cooling station from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays through the end of September.
A grand opening will be held at 2
p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the center, 220 Peach St., Cleveland. The grand
opening will feature presentation of a $500 check to the center which will
provide water and light snacks for the Cleveland area senior citizens who make
use of the center for a respite from the hottest temperatures of the day.
“The brutal temperatures this year
have been especially hard on the elderly,” said Paula Odom, customer operations
support specialist for Entergy Texas. “This partnership with the Cleveland
Senior Center gives much-needed and practical help through the rest of one very
hot Southeast Texas summer.”
Those needing information about the
center may contact Maxine Morris, 281-592-1174.
The center is the second to open as a
result of a partnership between Entergy Texas and a community nonprofit
organization. The first to open was in Beaumont at a Salvation Army facility.
Another will open soon in Conroe.
The cooling centers are part of an
overall Entergy effort to assist customers through a summer that has included an
extended heat wave and record power usage. Last week, Entergy announced a $1
million contribution across its four-state service territory to help qualifying
elderly and disabled customers who need assistance to pay their summer energy
For Entergy Texas, that brought an
additional $75,000 to The Power to Care program. Entergy Texas has also launched
a “Double Your Power” fundraising campaign in which every new dollar contributed
to The Power to Care will receive a $2 match from Entergy shareholders.
Other highlights of the summer
Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers
electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of
Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily
in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns
and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric
generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the
United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.