About NJ Veteran Journal:
The New Jersey Veteran Journal is an official publication of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and is intended to serve New Jersey's veterans, their families, friends and concerned individuals and groups. All correspondence should be sent to:
Veteran Journal Editor, NJDMAVA/PA, PO Box 340,
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340
Giving the Home a touch of homeStory and photos by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA
Susan, who is the daughter of World War II veteran Bernie Friedenberg, and has been actively soliciting support for the Home from the corporate flight community.
Freswick, an Air Force Vietnam veteran, contacted the Williams-Sonoma leadership, which resulted in a visit to the Vineland Home by Mark Hayward, who is the Assistant General Operations Manager at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., for the Greater New York City Area.
Hayward was impressed by the home’s operation and on Nov. 10, Williams-Sonoma donated 60 pieces of outdoor furniture including chairs, tables with umbrellas, chaise lounges, picnic table sets and hardwood coolers.
“I was just fl oored,” said Lisa Williams, Director of Activities at Vineland. “It will defi nitely make the difference in the quality of life for veterans here.”
Some corporations and groups would have been satisfi ed with that single donation. But there was more to come. Next spring, the home will receive another furniture donation.
“They’ve adopted us,” said Williams. “They want the residents to have a homelike atmosphere.”
Williams-Sonoma still wasn’t done.
Company offi cials told Williams to go to their website and set up an order of kitchen cooking supplies and appliances for the Home’s cooking program. The program was set up several years ago so the residents could get together to cook for each other and other residents.
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