Local women’s clubs host Veterans Appreciation Day

For the eighth year, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Paradise Valley Junior Woman’s Club hosted a Veterans Appreciation Day at the MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House.

Veteran Lenore “Lee” Katz, Jewish War Veterans Post 194 Community Outreach Coordinator, attended to meet and greet fellow veterans and thank the clubwomen for their gifts.

Veteran Lenore “Lee” Katz, Jewish War Veterans Post 194 Community Outreach Coordinator, attended to meet and greet fellow veterans and thank the clubwomen for their gifts.

The event is sponsored by the GFWC PV Junior Woman’s Club with support, donations and volunteers from the GFWC Paradise Woman’s Club.

Vicki Packman, PVWC Jr. clubwoman, coordinated the project; she and volunteer clubwomen, from both clubs, along with friends and family members prepared and hosted a bountiful luncheon buffet for the veterans.

Each veteran was given a backpack and given access to a large supply of underwear, socks and raffle prizes. Additionally, several local barbers volunteered their time and talents to give the veterans haircuts.

Catholic Charities Community Services recently assumed operational oversight of the Madison Street Veterans Association on Oct. 1 to continue serving veterans experiencing homelessness.

The Lodestar Day Resource Center had served as the parent organization of the MSVA program, which houses 49 beds in a downtown Phoenix transitional living center called the MANA House.

MANA House is a peer-run organization of homeless and formerly homeless veterans offering personal, individualized basic resources, community and advocacy for all veterans.

Volunteer barbers with three veterans enjoying quality haircuts.

Volunteer barbers with three veterans enjoying quality haircuts.

After attending the event, Scottsdale resident Dr. Honora Norton, CCCS board chair-elect and 50-year GFWC clubwoman, echoes Catholic Charities CEO Paul Mulligan’s excitement for CCCS to run and grow this extraordinary program that is serving veterans.

For more information, visit www.manahouseaz.org.

Both clubwomen groups are part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, said to be the largest and oldest non-denominational, international service organization of women in the world.

The GFWC PV Woman’s Club sponsors the holiday wrapping booth at the Paradise Valley Mall during mall hours Nov. 27 through Dec. 24. Since PV Mall opened, the clubwomen from both clubs, friends and family members have volunteered at the booth.

All proceeds are directed to local charities, such as, MANA House. Stop by the booth (in PV Mall in front of Sears) this holiday season to get gift packages wrapped and/or to find out more about the service programs, projects and fellowship GFWC Women’s Clubs have to offer.

To learn more about the PV Clubs, see www.gfwcpvwc.org and/or e-mail vpackman@cox.net.

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