CHA Community Alliance member brings a smile to client’s face with Earth Day Surprise

CHA Community Alliance member brings a smile to client’s face with Earth Day Surprise

Community Alliance partnered with People’s Gas to make sure client has energy efficient home


Chicago, IL., May 8, 2017 – This past Earth Day, Spanish Coalition for Housing’s (SCH) CHA Project Coordinator, Melissa Ruvalcaba joined forces with Peoples Gas to bring her client, Jacqueline Herod, a surprise she would not soon forget.

A sea of blue T-shirts flooded out of the Peoples Gas Cheer Squad van and everyone buzzed with excitement as they waited to surprise Melissa’s unsuspecting client. With a check in hand for $500 (to go towards making her home more efficient) and a ring of the doorbell, Jacqueline was at the door and immediately taken aback. A tear reflected in her eye as she grinned, taking in the scene.

Like many seniors, Ms. Herod lives on a fixed income, so finding access to money-saving resources is helpful. She regularly came to SCH receiving energy assistance through the Rental Program, which eventually led her to one of Melissa’s Senior Housing Workshops, which featured Peoples Gas representative, Amy Bobel, on the day she attended. Melissa was able to talk with Ms. Herod about her needs and after learning that Peoples Gas was searching for a candidate who hadn’t yet taken advantage of their program, the choice was easy.

“[On Earth Day] Ms. Herod received an energy efficient assessment and FREE energy-saving products, including a new certified showerhead, pipe insulation, certified CFL’s, faucet aerator and a new programmable thermostat,” Melissa said. “[On top of that] all products were installed for FREE!”

Ms. Herod expressed her gratitude repeatedly as Melissa and the Peoples Gas team gathered for pictures. Spanish Coalition for Housing recognizes that our communities are filled with people in search of affordable resources and we strive to reach every single one of them.

“It was extremely rewarding to be able to make a difference in one of my client’s life,” Melissa reflected.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of Peoples Gas energy saving program, please call (844) 367-5867 to schedule your free appointment. And please remember, every day is Earth Day!

To learn more about SCH programs and resources, please visit

 About SCH – Spanish Coalition for Housing is a 501(c)(3), U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified Housing Counseling agency that was founded in 1966 and has grown exponentially in the years following. SCH sees and successfully serves over 10,000 clients each year.

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