Sometime during the weekend of Aug. 16, thieves stole the compressors from two massive air conditioners that cool the production floor at JobOne’s Grandview Subcontracting Services site — presumably to sell their copper and aluminum elements to scrap dealers. The commercial HVAC units, which are only a few years old, were damaged beyond repair and have to be completely replaced.
- The lack of air conditioning combined with very hot weather have made the production floor uncomfortably warm for a vulnerable population — our employees with disabilities. Those who have particular medical needs may be more vulnerable to the higher temperatures.
- Quality of life is impacted for employees who choose to stay home:
- Employees aren’t making money on days they don’t work.
- Employees are missing out on opportunities to interact with co-workers and staff, and to be productive.
- Employee absences may cause problems for family members/guardians/providers who have to arrange for care when they aren’t working.
- JobOne loses per diem funding from the state and the county for every day an employee opts to stay home. This negatively impacts our budget.
- The disruption to productivity affects our ability to meet customer needs.
- It will be costly for landlord’s insurance to replace the air conditioners, and it will take some time.
What JobOne is doing in response
- We have reported the crime to the Grandview Police Department.
- We are working with the maintenance staff at Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County–eitas, from whom we lease the building, to replace the air conditioning units as quickly as possible. But the replacement could take until Sept. 6 due to coordination with insurance, and because these large units require careful transportation planning and permits, as well as the use of a crane to install them.
- Eitas is developing a plan for all its facilities to prevent this type of theft in the future.
- The safety and well-being of our employees is our top concern. We have:
- Contacted the family members/guardians/providers of the most vulnerable employees who may be more seriously affected by the heat.
- Set up large fans to keep air circulating on the production floor.
- Added more breaks and provided extra water.
- Temporarily relocated some employees into other air-conditioned sections of the subcontracting buildings.
How you can help
Donating funds would enable us to get supplies that will make our employees more comfortable. You can make a donation online or mail a gift to JobOne, 12600 3rd St., Grandview, MO 64030. If you would like to deliver items (e.g., bags of ice, popsicles, bottled water, etc.), please contact Gina Lyon at 816-763-7822. Thank you for your support!
Have questions? Contact Julie Wittman, Communications Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 816-763-7822 ext. 713.
Local media coverage
We really appreciate that local media outlets are sharing our story with a much wider community than we could reach on our own.
Workers use fans to keep cool after thieves steal AC compressors – FOX 4 News, 8/27/2013
Thieves steal from nonprofit offering employment options to disabled – KCTV5 News, 8/26/2013