Kathy and Drew
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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program to help seniors, nursing home residents and adults and
children with disabilities.
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equipment, other items and tax-deductible cash donations to help
more elderly, disabled, & children.
Everywhere Denis goes, he spreads hope and good cheer. But
there was a time when he could not do that. Denis was born in San
Francisco in 1933. He made his living as a carpenter and as a house
painter. At that time, nursing home life was far removed from his
thinking. Being strong and athletic, he did a lot of surfing, skiing and
playing of tennis.
Then, something happened that ended the "good life" he had enjoyed
for many years. He fell off of a roof and landed on a pile of bricks.
His back was broken and ever since then, he has needed to use a
wheelchair. Shortly after this incident, he was forced to move into a
Denis says, "For at least two years after my accident, I was angry at
God and wanted to die. Then one day, I turned my thinking around. I now
am thankful for all the good things I have and I now praise God in my
Part of Denisâs healing process came out of his discovered writing
ability. He started writing and has never stopped. Denis is the nursing
home journalist. He writes uplifting, faith building poetry and stories
about many aspects of life and distributes his word pictures to
residents and others to encourage them. He also is a good verbal story
teller and has a great sense of humor.
Frankâs faith has always played a prominent role
in his life. He was born in Syracuse, New York where as a youth he was
an alter boy in the Catholic Church that he and his Italian relatives
In high school, Frank discovered his love for art and his artistic
abilities. After attending a local commercial art/design college, he
enrolled in The University of California Santa Cruz where he graduated
with a B.A. in Art.
As a reservist, Frank was called to serve in the Viet Nam war. While
serving our country in the capacity of a soldier, Frank was shot by a
sniper and severely wounded. He was also subjected to Agent Orange and
now has M.S..
Art and painting continue to play a major role in Frankâs life. In
his small nursing home room, Frank spends many hours painting various
subjects. One rewarding Bridge of Hope project was that of helping Frank
frame and place some of his art work in a local Cafe.
Frank says, "whether on the battle field in Viet Nam or here in the
nursing home where I battle with my frustration and sadness, I find that
my faith in God gives me the strength I need. See my paintings on my
room wall? They express my love for God, for people and life. I spend
hours many days looking out my window at the trees and birds. I like to
share bread crumbs with the birds. I have a lot to be thankful for."
Like other nursing home friends, Frank is like a loved family member.
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