Pittsburgh’s Gillece Services Plumbing Mission Benefits Health Of Countless Haitians

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As a long-time financial supporter having donated a great deal of time and resources to Friends of HaiTi,* Pittsburgh’s Tom Gillece thoughtfully planned this year’s annual “Gillece Services 2011 Haiti Plumbing Mission” in connection with Pastor Pierre and the caring, non-profit organization.

As a long-time financial supporter having donated a great deal of time and resources to Friends of HaiTi,* Pittsburgh’s Tom Gillece thoughtfully planned this year’s annual “Gillece Services 2011 Haiti Plumbing Mission” in connection with Pastor Pierre and the caring, non-profit organization. Mr. Anthony Venditti, a skill-certified Gillece Services Plumbing Technician, volunteered and carried out this year’s Haiti Plumbing Mission by implementing a relief program that included Plumbing correction, construction, and installation strategies for doctor clinics, dental clinics, and the Friends of HaitTi compound, along with educational training on hygiene and sanitation practices, and clean water issues.

Fourteen trade professionals spent a full week this year supporting the organization and its efforts to promote clean water programs, medical assistance, construction, and educational programs in order to help and empower the Haitian people to improve their quality of life. Friends of HaiTi was especially happy to hear that the Plumbing trade would be well represented this year by Gillece Service’s Anthony Vendetti, as his background covered commercial plumbing, specifically for dental offices…. which proved to be an enormous asset to the mission’s initiatives for Haiti.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Anthony took with him over eight years of Plumbing experience including his Gillece Services employment while he happily volunteered to conduct the mission and truly enjoys helping people. Anthony, “I’ve always enjoyed helping others, especially being able to help children. It was so rewarding not only to see how happy the children were because we were there and they knew we were going to help them, but also to actually directly see where our time and money was going…”

Pittsburgh’s Gillece Services advanced several thousands of dollars worth of Plumbing equipment to Haiti in order to prepare for this year’s mission, while Anthony was busy attending local Pittsburgh meetings with Friends of HaiTi to strategize his volunteer work, getting his vaccinations, and conducting related preparation.

While in Haiti, Anthony developed a comprehensive Waterline Plumbing System for a doctor’s residence that houses doctors in training and also services as a clinic, installed another full Plumbing System for a dental office where dentists had resorted to doing dental suction work with a turkey baster prior to his visit, conducted additional crucial Plumbing repairs to yet another dental clinic, roughed in all Plumbing for a bathroom in a second doctor’s clinic, as well as the installation of and corrections for three bathrooms including showers, sinks, and toilets in the actual Friends of HaiTi compound.        

Friend of HaiTi’s Pastor Pierre, “The Gillece Plumbing company sent a young man, Anthony Venditti, to solve the plumbing problem that we had with three new bathrooms in the guest house's addition. It was very difficult, but he put us back in business. Now, thanks to the Gillece plumbing, we can accommodate our guests better in the days to come. Anthony went also to Paul to do plumbing in the bathroom that we have in the medical clinic for our American guests. Since Anthony started this plumbing from scratch he was able to teach me and Dr Miguel. I admire Anthony very much. It was his first time in the country. He had no idea what to expect. He brought all the supplies he could think of, but he learned a great lesson in Haiti – you cannot go to Gillece Services to get all you need, or to Home Depot or Lowes…You’ve got to make whatever is available work! In spite of that, he did a perfect job. Thank you Tom and thank you Anthony.”

Thanks to the support of the Friends of HaiTi and the efforts of Gillece Services, thousands of Haitian lives will be touched and their health improved via working, quality Plumbing throughout now functioning dental clients, equipped doctor clinics, and a far more operational base compound.

For more information on Friends of Haiti or to make a donation, visit http://www.friendsofhaiti.org/ or contact moreinformation(at)friendsofhaiti(dot)worg

For over 30 years, Gillece Services has been the Pittsburgh area’s one-stop shop for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Indoor Air Quality, and Water Conditioning services – emergency, maintenance and replacement. Family owned and operated, President Tom Gillece innovated the Gillece “There The Same Day or You Don’t Pay!”* service policy, and “Always Here to Take Your Call!” customer philosophy.

*Via the Friends of HaiTi website –“The Friends of HaiTi is a non-profit organization, which insures that 100% of your donations go directly to the Haitian people. The goal of Friends of HaiTi is to work in partnership with the people through clean water programs, medical support, construction and educational programs empowering the Haitian people to improve their quality of life, within their own culture.”

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