ANGI Energy Systems has supported Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless for the past four years. Every year employees “adopt” the shelter’s residents at Christmas and try to fulfill their needs, wants and dreams.

To give you the scope of the project, this year employees donated items like new tires, a windshield and a specialty wheelchair for Twin Oaks families. Santa Claus distributed gifts for all ages after ANGI employees cooked and served a breakfast at the shelter. 

ANGI employees also support Twin Oaks through their holiday raffle and selling root beer floats to employees at their chili cook-off. Last year, ANGI employees painted the Twin Oaks storage shed and held a picnic for residents. The company donates office supplies and paper goods semi-annually.

“We chose to support Twin Oaks when our company moved to Janesville from Milton,” says Karen Sargent, director of customer service and commissioning for ANGI Energy.

“The shelter touched our hearts since it is the only family shelter in Walworth County. We also very much like the fact that the residents are taught life skills to make them more successful. To me personally, it’s important to understand and share the message that people become homeless for a variety of reasons. Seeing smiles and talking to the residents helps us all to understand.

“Our folks tend to work harder when they can be active in the giving process. Our folks also come from a wide variety of backgrounds and sometimes those that have the least give the most. I’ve had people tell me they’ve been down on their luck and were very appreciative when they were helped. Now, paying it forward is important to them.”