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24- CAPE GAZE&apos;UrE; Friday, ch 28- April 3, 1997 Rolanne Pack photo Bunches of baskets will make their way to Home of the Brave, Delaware's only shelter for homeless veterans, thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary of Rehoboth Beach VFW Post 7447. Mem- bers who packed the Easter baskets with dyed eggs and candy treats 0-r) are Diane Heifer- nan, Emily Wilson, Fran Watkins, EsteUe Tabasko and Dottie Ahem. Accepting the baskets for the shelter (1.r) are Ed Moczulski, Rich Pokorney and Greg Collins. Home of the Brave is in Lincoln, and serves all of southern Delaware and eastern shore Maryland. Rehoboth VFW Auxiliary packs baskets for homeless veterans By Rosanne Pack Everyone gets excited about a visit from the Easter Bunny, and the residents at Home of the Brave veterans' shelter are no exception. Now, they have a seasonal treat in store for them, thanks to members of the Rehoboth Beach VFW 7447 Ladies Auxiliary who are in cahoots with the busy bunny. Five members spent the last few days assembling the ingredients of well-stocked baskets for the 17 residents of Delaware's only shel- ter for homeless veterans. The baskets meet all bunny standards, and come equipped with every- thing including hand-dyed, hard- boiled eggs, chocolate eggs and even the inevitable marshmallow peeps. Rich Pokorney, executive direc- tor of Home of the Brave, said that the residents are never too old for a special treat, and they are very touched when area organizations or individuals remember them during holidays. "The guys are going to be so ex- cited about these baskets," Pokor- ney said. "I don't know if we'll be able to keep it a surprise until Easter morning." Ed Moczulski pointed out that the auxiliary members even took into account that there is a diabet- ic resident of HOB, and they pre- pared a special basket with all sugar-free treats. Moczulski is the vice president of the shelter's board of directors, and he is the outreach program coordinator for Listening Post-Lower-Delaware (L.P.-Lo-Del) which provides out- reach programs for veterans on the Delmarva Peninsula. "These women have been so generous to us," Moczulski said. 'hey are always coming up with another project to benefit Home of the Brave." Estelle Tabasko, auxiliary presi- dent, said that the group has spon- sored a variety of projects for the homeless veterans. After the shel- ter moved into its permanent home in the country, they collect- ed furniture, and they have also carried out clothing and canned food drives. "We have a 'coffee program' running though the end of April, and we would love contributions," Dottie Ahem said. "We will ac- cept cans of coffee, sugar and creamer, or cash to buy these things. Or we'll take cash and cof- fee contributions together!" Home of the Brave moved into the permanent facility in the spring of 1996. With the 17 resi- dents, it is currently operating at maximum capacity. Residents are provided shelter and food, coun- seling and vocational training and/or assistance with job place- ment. All residents perform duties to keep help maintain and im- prove the facility. Greg Collins, president of the board of directors of HOB, said that the shelter recently met all re- quirements to receive Veterans Association funding. Home of the Brave is one of only 15 such shel- ters in the entire country to he so recognized, and receiving the des- ignation that makes it eligible for permanent VA funding is a big step. "We have started receiving per diem checks for all of our res- idents," Collins said. "It was a long drawn out process of paper- work and contacting district VA officials, but it's a sign of the re- spect we have earned." In May, Home of the Brave will celebrate a one-year anniversary in the farm house that has been re- furbished to house homeless vet- erans. 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