by Rob F.
“Those who have served this nation as Veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope.” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki
I have always had a special place in my heart for Veterans. My father was a Veteran and it meant a lot to me that he served his country during the Korean War. While he did not see combat, his service in the Army was something of which I will always be proud. In addition, our son Noah was born on Veteran’s Day and each year we take a moment to celebrate the contributions of our Veterans in addition to celebrating his birthday.
Over time, my wife and I have tried to instill in our sons a sense of appreciation for Veterans and that we can never say thank you enough to these men and women. While out and about, and if we see a Veteran, it is not uncommon for us to go up to them and just say, “thank you for your service.” The appreciation is quite obvious in their face and handshake.
Having recently joined the staff at Talbert House, I had the chance to see the organization’s new Parkway Center. This former hotel has been converted into a short-term living facility for homeless men, many of them Veterans. The facility provides shelter, meals, employment services, substance abuse services, and other human services to help residents transition back into their communities and find safe, affordable housing. The Parkway Center is bright, welcoming, and inviting. During our visit, the residents looked happy and content in their new home. A sense of pride was very much in the air and it was quite obvious that good things are happening.
On Friday, September 7, 2012, Talbert House will be hosting an open house for the Parkway Center from 2:00-4:00pm. All are welcome to visit the new facility (2880 Central Parkway; Cincinnati, OH 45225). Tours and refreshments will be provided.
We Are Here to Help
No human being should be homeless, especially the Veterans of our armed forces. I am very proud to work for an organization like Talbert House that is doing its part to ensure that Veterans and others are not without a home. If you know of a homeless or at-risk Veteran in the Cincinnati area, please have them contact 281-CARE (513-281-2273) or the Department of Veterans Affairs Hotline for Homeless and At-Risk Vets at 1-877-424-3838.
Written by Rob F. Rob is the Individual Giving Coordinator and began at Talbert House in August 2012. Rob and his wife Rachel reside in Wyoming and are the proud parents of Noah and Aaron. In his spare time, Rob collects law enforcement shoulder patches and volunteers for a number of community organizations. A proud Chicago native, he enjoys Cincinnati and all that it has to offer.