Dominion helps upgrade Menchville House in Newport News

Dominion Energy volunteers are putting on their gloves and goggles to help several homeless families in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- It's starting to feel more and more like winter, which means it's time to make sure your home is winter ready.

Dominion Energy volunteers are making sure several homeless families stay warm. On Monday, Menchville House got some much-needed upgrades.

Menchville House Ministries is an emergency housing facility for homeless families, at any given time, housing up to 16 adults and 30 children.

Like Shaylon Ensley and her three kids.

Ensley moved to Newport News in May after leaving a domestic violence situation in New Jersey.

Before she knew it, Ensley and her three kids were homeless, but that's when she found Menchville House, and in just one short month, they helped Ensley find a home for her and her kids and a job.

“I needed help,” Ensley says. “It was hard because of my pride, but it was worth it.”

Dominion Energy’s EnergyShare program is donating about $20,000 dollars to make the home more comfortable, safer and more energy efficient.

As they take on these cost saving measures at Menchville House, they can take the money they normally use in paying energy bills and redirect that funding towards other needs.

Volunteers went to work Monday morning, putting in new insulation, window screens, as well as safe hand rails for the stairs. 

Ensley says there's now a huge weight lifted off her shoulders, and with the new upgrades, Menchville House can help even more families just how they helped her.

“Now that Dominion is doing this they can help more people than they were helping,” Ensley says. “The support system I got is incredible and I still have it.”

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