East-side building donation benefits area not-for-profit

July 23, 2013
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The Shepherd Community Center, a not-for-profit whose goal is to break the cycle of poverty on the east side, is counting its blessings this summer.

rural street warehouse 225pxIt’s the recipient of a substantial donation, in the form of a building located at 201 S. Rural St., which was owned by Aaron York’s Quality Air. The heating and cooling business moved to 824 S. West St. near Lucas Oil Stadium, leaving its former property to Shepherd Community.

The 66,000-square-foot building and two acres of land are assessed at $440,000, according to city records.

Aaron and Jeanie York, who started the business in 1977, owned the property. The company now is operated by Karen Conover (Aaron and Jeanie’s daughter) and her husband Kris Conover.

“Their heart told them this was the right thing to do,” said Matt Maudlin, director of marketing for York’s Quality Air. “They had done some work with Shepherd, and it seemed like a good fit.”

Shepherd Community is located at 4107 E. Washington St. and was established in 1985. It serves more than 500 area families through a health-care clinic, accredited kindergarten through fourth grade school, before-and-after-school programs, in addition to educational and vocational training opportunities.

Shepherd Community so far is letting City Life Wheels use the building to teach high school students how to repair cars. Shepherd Community’s executive director, Jay Height, says his organization plans to share it with other groups in the neighborhood, because “we want it to be an asset for the community.”

  • Great news
    That's great news for the community and a classy move by Aaron York’s Quality Air.
  • Not surprised....
    What a generous act on the part of Kris and Karen. All of my interactions with Kris indicate that he is truly a servant-leader, and this isn't any different. While he and Karen will probably deflect all of the recognition, they need to know what a transformational gift this is. A class-act all the way. Thanks for setting such a great example for the rest of us.
    • Servant Leader
      What a great example of servant leadership. We can all learn from this. Thanks for what you've done for the c community.
    • Giving Back
      I seldom comment on news items, but was so impressed with the contribution the owners of Aaron York Quality Air made to Shepherd Community Center, I wanted to tell them "Thank You".
    • Wrong family
      Gregg, It appears the building was donated by the parents mot their daughter.
    • Thank you!
      What a wonderful gesture and demonstration of true love for those that are in need - servant leadership begets the same - thank you York Quality Air and Shepherd for making a difference on the east side - for being the hands and feet of Jesus!

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