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CAPE  rkl, October t7 -Oetober 23, 1997 - Zl CAPE LIFE Rehoboth VFW Post comes to rescue for Home of Brave Sussex home depends on grants and dona.tions of goods By Rosanne Pack Members of the Rehoboth Beach VFW Auxiliary believe that wishes should come true, and a recent auxiliary project was car- ried out just for that purpose, to fulfill some wishes of the Home of the Brave Foundation (HOB). While some wish for riches, lux- ury cars and fame those who reside at the HOB shelter for homeless veterans have more modest wishes. Coffee, pots and pans, toilet tis- sue, envelopes and stamps, canned goods and pillows are high on the list drawn up by the residents and staff. And those items and more were recently purchased and donated to the shelter by the Rehoboth Beach auxiliary. Carol Davis, now referred to as "Super Shopper" by other auxiliary members, stretched $100 to cover several boxes of food and other essentials. Tissues, stamps and envelopes, and phone cards were piled alongside coffee, creamer, pasta dinners, bottles of basic spices and lots of cleaning supplies. Home of the Brave serves the Delmarva Peninsula, and the 15- bed home near Lincoln depends on grants and donations. Rehoboth Beach auxiliary members know that the quest for funds and sup- plies is nonstop. For holidays, auxiliary members often put together special gifts, but their most recent effort on behalf of the homeless shelter answers more fundamental wants and needs. Davis' shopping trip resulted in the load of supplies, necessities and some just-for-fun items that went home to the 12 current resi- dents of the shelter. Members try to provide supplies and support for the shelter on a regular basis; they hope that other area organizations and individuals will join them in their commit- ment. Auxiliary member Dottie Ahem, who serves the post as rehabilitation committee chair, she is willing to make donating to the Home of the Brave as easy as pos- sible. "People can call the post, and I will arrange to have donations picked up," she said. "We want to do all that we can for these veter- ans who have served us all as they served our country." She said that the post will accept food, any other items from the wish list and cash for the Home of the Brave. The wish list includes gift cer- tificates for clothing, office sup- plies, pillows and sheets, small appliances, light bulbs, canned goods, personal items and just about anything that is required to run a house. The Home of the Brave shelter grew from an idea and plans of eight Viet Nam veterans who live in southern Delaware. The first facility was a four-bed shelter and the 15-bed shelter was purchased and renovated for occu- pancy in 1996. It is open to all eligible veterans, male and female, as space allows. To be eligible, a veteran must be honorably discharged and home- less. Rosanne Pack photo The Rehoboth Beach VFW auxiliary recently purchased supplies for Home of the Brave homeless veterans' shelter. Preparing to pack up the donation are (l-r) Rich Pokorny, HOB program director;, Ed Moczulski, HOB vice president; Dottie Ahem, auxiliary rehabilitation programs chair;, Carol Davis, ident. The veteran must be willing to participate in services offered at the shelter, including group and individual therapy, referral to sub- stance abuse programs, referral to veterans hospital for medical treatment and vocational counsel- ing. Rich Pokorny, HOB program director, said, "We want to do all that we can to help a veteran get back on his or her feet. They want to be capable of directing their own lives just as we all do, and we are here help in that process if we Can." member and super shopper and Residents are accepted for a three-month program with the possibility of a one-month exten- sion. While in residence at the Home of the Brave, veterans share in the duties of running the house, and many are placed in outside jobs before the end of their stay. Use of alcohol or other drugs is not allowed. Ed Moczulski, vice president of the HOB board of directors, said that the mission of the organiza- tion is the same as that of men and women in war situations, "Histori- Estelle Tabasco, auxiliary pres- cally, our veterans have gone to extreme efforts to care for fallen comrades on the battlefield. Home of the Brave extends that tradition to those veterans who have fallen since their return to civilian life and who now find themselves homeless." For information on Home of the Brave, call or Moczulski, 424- 1681 or 424-1682. Ahem said that she will share further information on the shelter wish list, especially the last entry, "Became a member of Home of the Brave." Corridor 00,;trewn with empty Rogaine cans is hell Every once in awhile you get something in the mail that makes you want to run screaming from the house and into the arms of someone like the Unabomber. Which is why this guy is in jail and not around when you need him. It's a reminder that you have made a turn into what you used to think was the corridor of old age, occupied by other people with hearing aids, black shawls and block-long Cadillacs. You shrug it off to a mistake, return to watch- ing Bay Watch in Spanish and wait for time to catch up with you. But this was official. It came in a business-size envelope. My name was etched in black, a signal that this must be some diabolical plot hatched by the likes of Camil- la Parker Bowles. As if this woman doesn't have enough to do AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz besides harass innocent American citizens, who want nothing more out of life than to enjoy the simple pleasures of winning the lottery, the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and a spot on the "Today" show. The return address was like a stab in the gut. It said "Social Security Administration." It was printed in green ink, no doubt a hint that I should take up golf or shuffleboard. This letter was signed by John J. Callahan, acting commissioner of Social Security, who, if I remem- ber correctly, was photographed in the July issue of "People" mag- azine, yukking it up at a dinner at Kensington Palace with Camilla Parker Bowles. Not only did Mr. Callahan, who I suspect is a paid actor Since he is only the acting director, inform me that I was at the age to start considering Social Security benefits, but he also had the audacity to document what a miserable, disgusting, dead-beat earnings record I had achieved throughout my lifetime. This was enough to send the sparrows in the trees outside my window plum- meting to the ground, doubled over with laughter. This insult was enforced by a small paragraph that added that Social Security was not intended to meet all my financial needs, and in parenthesis "Ha-Ha." And that, should I retire, I would need other income, such as savings, pension plans and robbing a bank to maintain my current lifestyle. The page had a lot of fingerprint smudges on it from being passed around the Social Security Office. I know this because they had for- gotten to take off the small post-it note that said "Check this loser out!" Yes, getting older and turning into that corridor strewn with empty cans of Rogaine can be hell. And knowing you are now part of a federal program, that probably has its own life span of 32 days, presents another chal- lenge. Your body has turned on you. It's like some mad scientist has fused your knees to your back, which, has somehow connected to your aorta, which is totally blocked off by your intestines, which is sending constant mes- sages to your brain for STP motor oil. You are now one giant hinge, snapping, cracking, turning heads and disturbing the peace in libraries and churches. But check this out Mr. Callahan, who I am sure I saw in the August issue of "People" magazine back slapping Camilla Parker Bowles at a fundraising coffee at Windsor palace, I still have a plan. Maybe I will take that money and skip all the way to the bank. O.K., I would limp. What's the big deal?