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  • James Townsend

First Congregational Church Received New Windows Thanks to Eikenhout, Inc.

On Saturday, September 8, Eikenhout, Inc., Michigan’s oldest distributor of roofing, windows and other building materials, replaced 22 windows for free at a food pantry and office belonging to First Congregational Church of Portland.

Beginning at 9:00 am, the company installed the windows, also at no charge, as part of its annual community service program.

Because the food pantry, which served more than 600 Ionia County residents last year, is located in one of Portland’s oldest houses, the windows desperately needed replacing to make the building more energy-efficient. Eikenhout, with eight locations throughout Michigan, chose this project to also provide warmth to workers and patrons of the food pantry before winter sets in.

Ron Nelson, chairman of First Congregational’s building and grounds committee, estimated the gift will save the church at least $5,000. “Ever since losing our church to the tornado in June of 2015, we have been rebuilding,” Nelson said. “Window replacement in the office and food pantry was high on our list and now, thanks to Eikenhout, we can get it done. We’re really grateful to the company and to the many volunteer workers.”

The food pantry is located at 421 E. Bridge Street, next to the church, which celebrated its 175th anniversary on Sunday at Thompson Park along the river in Portland.

Photos courtesy of Eikenhout, Inc.

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