Sunday, August 20, 2006

From one veteran to another: Navy aviation mechanic presents poem to nurse

Aug. 20, 2006
By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

They both served in the Vietnam War, he at the Naval Air Facility on Camrahn Bay and she at the 27th Surgical Hospital Unit at Chu Lai in southern Vietnam.
But their paths never crossed until this year on May 6 when Robert D. Fitzpatrick of Temple presented Paula Quindlen of Troy with 'Haunted Eyes,' a poem he wrote in honor of all Vietnam War nurses.
'Nurses didn't get recognition for everything they did. They still don't,' Fitzpatrick said. 'I had to do something for them. You have no idea the hell they experienced.'

Sunday, August 6, 2006

A promising future: Family Promise helps families start anew

Aug. 6, 2006
By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer 

In nine months, Family Promise gave new life to 13 homeless families in East Bell County. They all have homes now in completely furnished apartment units or rental properties that they pay for with income from steady jobs they attained with the help of the Family Promise program.
Opening its doors in October 2005, Family Promise has functioned as a transitional housing entity in a refurbished fire station on 22nd Street off East Adams near Ferguson Park in Temple, leased from the city for a dollar per year.
'The families stay at the fire station during the day, preparing for employment and looking for jobs, and then we take them to our partner churches at night for relaxation and family bonding,' said Rick Miller-Chaney director of the Family Promise program in Temple. Families usually sleep in fold-away beds set up in private Sunday school rooms.
Family Promise welcomes its 14th guest family - a mother with two children - this first weekend in August.