Al Lane, founder of Goshen's Celebrate America in 2004, helped to launch a new program, Service to Senior Veterans Project, for Goshen veterans and widows at First Baptist Church of Goshen.

Al Lane, founder of Goshen’s Celebrate America in 2004, helped to launch a new program, Service to Senior Veterans Project, for Goshen veterans and widows at First Baptist Church of Goshen.

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL


The Goshen News

In January, senior veterans or their widows 75 years and older can apply for assistance through a new program for residents of Goshen.

The program, Service to Senior Veterans Project (SSVP), was launched during a meeting at First Baptist Church of Goshen Thursday. The program is a joint effort between Goshen’s Celebrate American and North Central Indiana Teen Challenge, a Christian-based rehabilitation center for teenagers and young adults in Elkhart.

“You and I are going to make him (or her) happy because we are going to take care of him,” said Al Lane, who expanded Goshen’s Celebrate America in 2004. “You and I are going to put on a screen door for a widow that needs a door replaced.”

The SSVP program will initially provide handyman, landscaping and garden maintenance programs to senior veterans or their widows. Other services will be provided as specific senior veteran needs are identified and program resources are identified.

District Director Ben Falkowski, representing Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, R-IN Second District attended the meeting and shared a personal story of how a young veteran having problems with alcoholism became involved with a World War II veteran who needed help around his home.

“They helped each other and that’s what this program is about,” Falkowski said. “I’m proud to be a part.”

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