Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rothco's Visit To The John J. Lynch Veterans Place

SCUV Members: Michael Stoltz,Wilkens Young, Joanne Massimos and from Rothco Howard Somberg and Jorge Rosario

Rothco President Howard Somberg
Touring the Facility
Last week members of Rothco's team including Howard Somberg, Jorge Rosario, and I, had the honor of being invited to tour "The John J. Lynch Veterans Place" in recognition of Rothco's donations to their charity. The Suffolk County United Veterans is an amazing organization that offers a variety of housing options that meet the needs of each individual, as they a connect with support and resources that build stability and new-found direction and dignity. It is their belief that no Veteran should ever be homeless. 

The organization goes beyond just offering a variety of housing options including Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, Permanent Housing and Supportive Senior Housing; with its partner Association for Mental Health & Wellness, they offer support for mental and physical issues, educational and job training and so much more. After visiting the John J. Lynch Veterans Shelter, I can truly say the phrase "and so much more" fails to encompass what this organization does for local Suffolk County Veterans. From stories of working with a local homeless Veterans to provide cat food for his cats, to having a food pantry available to all veterans and their families. I was truly amazed at the dedication and commitment the members of this team displayed. You can truly see how much they care about the soldiers.
Howard Somberg (an avid lover of books)
 admiring the Veterans collection
Lunch Time! Which was kindly
provided by the members.

Not only did we get to meet with the organization leaders, we also had the opportunity to tour the facilities of the Veterans Place and meet with Veterans who were currently staying at the facility. The Veterans there welcomed us into their home with open arms, showing us there living quarters, rec room and dining hall; They even took the time out of their day to prepare and serve a delicious lunch for us. At the lunch we had the chance to sit down with some of the residents and as they say "break-bread" or in this case "break-chicken wings". 

I am sure I can speak for the other members of Rothco who were able to visit, and say that Rothco was truly honored and humbled by our visit and that we look forward to an on-going partnership with the organization.To donate or help out with a charity is such a simple thing to do and the rewards go beyond anything you could imagine .  

If you would like to learn more about the organization, I encourage you to visit their websites. 
Association for Mental Heath & Wellness
- Suffolk County United Veterans

This plaque is displayed as you enter the main office of the facility. 
The John J. Lynch Veterans Place

Kristy Dineen @ Rothco 

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