Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 48
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Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 48

Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 30, 1957
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* 14 Wed 1 ., Jan. 30. IfST OSKALOOSA OAHY Constant Progress lade In Welfare Case Rehabilitation Rehabilitation of social welfare: crippled children's funds, ht to be- recipients would be a fascinating ing sent to a special school for ·tory could it be told from a: handicapped children. Some day personal angle without infringing j local workers predict this child on a citizen's rights. i will progress to the point where Here in Mahaska county finan-! he can be placed out for adoption, cial aid to the blind, the aged and, CHILDREN INDIVIDUALLY dependent children is only the jj^ just one of the concerns of nucleus of what social welfare the social welfare workers here, workers strive to obtain. Progress Under the aid to dependent fam- in rehabilitating each and every yjes* program it has been possible Individual is their constant aim. : to help entire families -- to make Let's take the case of a good, it possible for the children to re- strong, healthy 15-year old boy ma ijj al homes where they are who is now living happily on a wanted; to find employment for Mahaska farm--with security, love needy fathers, or settle threaten- and trust in his life. ; ing family differences. XOT TOO MAXT years ago this Under this program many chil- young chap's family was split by dren have been able to finish high' divorce, and both parents remar- school and some, with cooperative' ried. For a time he lived with his: planning, go on to college or spe- father and new stepmother, but; cialty schools. -. he began to fee! unwanted and I AID TO THE BLESD of Ma- unloved--especially after his step- haska is not restricted either to sister arrived, and jealousy reared just the monthly cash grant-Its head. ; which in this county averages So he moved in with his mother, 587.64 per recipient, and amount who had also remarried, and in: is supposed to include the services ; that home again the same situa- O f an assistant. · tion developed. Neither of his par-. in several cases during the past ents actually wanted him. He be- year total blindness has been pre- came undernourished and nervous, vented by early medical assistance. ' Local workers from the depart-. or surgery--locally or at other ment of social welfare stepped in. hospitals. They talked kindly with the lad. Through the cooperation of the and asked him to try a new set. school nurse and the local Kiwanis of parents--people who really' club, with the social welfare of- wanted him. At first he was dis-, fice as the clearing agent, many trustful in his new surroundings,; have been fitted with much needed no matter how the foster parents} eyeglasses. tried to help him adjust. Welfare I Those who are totally blind are workers, through their special j visited periodically by a specially training, counselled with both par- j trained teacher from t h · State ents and son . . . worked care- j blind .commission. They ar» ln- fully, slowly and patiently to build j structed In such habits--common- trust and a sense of security. place to the seeing--as th* cor- JCST LAST CHRISTMAS this rect placement of food on plates lad stopped in at the social wel-) so that they may eat unassisted, fare office to ask for help with I They learn craft work, some of his gift list for "Mom and Dad." j them self-supporting trades. Self- He wanted "something special" for ! reliancy is returned to them and some very special people, and his eyes were shining and he was fairly bouncing with health and happiness. Special supervision and guidance has been given to any number of children* By an understanding ear and interest many of these dis- they accept more readily their physical handicaps. IN OSKALOOSA there are 16 licensed nursing homes, with 83 of the total 139 patients receiving old ag« assistance procured for them by the local, welfare office, which also has 11 in private homes placed little Mahaskans have been} on nursing rates. rehabilitated to fit back into so* oiety and become good citizens. Some are now in military service; others are teachers, nurses, television workers, and yet otheri happily married and wall adjusted en jobs. A surprising number at them ·top periodically at the welfare office, at 218 High avenue west, for informal visits long after their cases have been closed. They take pride in their gains and activities, and want the local welfare workers to know it. ANOTHER SPECIFIC CASE could touch the hearts of any who hear it. It's about a blond-headed baby boy with bright blue eyes, ·till not quite five. This child was born, in Mahasfra county, with a triple count against hm Both legs were crippled; he was a spastic; and he was illegitimate. Without tBe help and the personal interest of local welfare authorities this child would Some are bedfast, while others can be helped to the point where they can become ambulatory part of the day, and sometimes even return to their own homes, or visit relatives. Many of these older folks, like other retired people, enjoy and use the recreational center sponsored by the Altrusa club. Others look forward to a complimentary motion picture, on an average of every five weeks, pro: vlded by the cooperation of the\ Rivol?. theatre management. j AH these advantages, and many , more, are offered less fortunate: Mahaskans through the provisions of the federal social security act, and the services of the Mahaska county board of social welfare and \ its employees. j Gerald Gay is chairman of the · board, and assisted by Sari Sose-j man and Mrs. Hazel Macy. This | board supervises the activities of j the county office, which has been headed by Larry Peterson for ten have lain in a feeble institution for life. i years. Under his direction work a ; His initial rehabilitation con- case supervisor, four welfare sisted of being placed in a foster' workers and three stenographers, placement home where his health j all state employees qualifying for ·was bunt up. Now, through the j their own special tasks through cooperation of county funds and : merit examinations. r WORK ON THIS 22 BY 24 foot home of Monte Vance in Beacon was recently completed. The structure consists of one large room at the present time but will be partitioned off later when Vance builds on another section. It has oil heat and a concrete floor. (Herald Photo) Additions Erected At Their Homes Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Braey and Edward Poague are two more that built additions onto their homes during- the past year. A 4 by 9 3 i foot addition to the southwest comer of the Bracy home at 804 Third avenue west was erected to house a bathroom. The exterior of the addition has been finished to match the rest of the house. And Poague's 8 by 14 foot addition to his residence at 1111 Third avenue west was for a living room. '· It is heated with an oil stove, · has a iarge window facing east off i the living room, and has cement and wood floors. Notars Erecting a New Beacon Home H. P. Notar is in the process of erecting a new 24 by 30 toot frame and cement block home at the sou tii edge of Beacon. Notar presently has the structure enclosed and plans to finish the exterior in the spring and summer. He will divide the interior into a living room, a kitchen, a bath, and ont or two bedrooms. Vance Completes Home Near Beacon Monte Vance recently completed a 22 by 24 foot frame home near the west edge of Beacon. At the present time he has the horne in one large room but plans · to build more in the future and : will parition off the house at that i time, · Heated by oil, the house is in- · sulated and has a concrete floor. Vance razed the old house on his ! property and started work on this one about two years ago. I MORRIS HOME ' Mr. and Mrs. Richard Morris are doing quite a bit of work to their home 316 north J street. By using part of the original kitchen and building an additon, a 12 by . 28 foot garage and laundry room ;' was provided on the east side of i I the house. The garage has an over- ; ! head door, concrete floor, and gas '· i heat. And the dining room is now j being utilized aa th* kitchen. j Our 4 th year of Progress helping to build Oskaloosa... Today, BETTER Tomorrow" ALL-AMERICA CITY 8 NEW HOMES Completed or Under Construction Mr. Mrs. Deal Lewis - 410 North Elevratfc Mr. Mrs. William Bwktad -- 409 East Fifteen* We have the Experience and skilled workmen to do your work the way YOU want it! DIAL 3-5512 for FREE ESTIMATE See us for any type of building... FARM · HOME · COMMERCIAL Choice Building Lots Available... In many cases we can arrange financing of F.H.A. or GJ. Loans with SMALL Down Payment and up to 25 YEARS TO PAY. Mr. Mrs. Joe Passcriia -- 198 Highland Mr. Mrs. John Mulvihill. Jr. -- 115 East Eleventh In Addition to the Fine Homes pictured here we built the following homes and other work... Sir. and Mrs. Archie Gray, Eddyvffle Mr. and Mrs. Homer Terpstra, New Sharon Route 5 Sir. and Sirs. Marion Sedrel, South llth Ext. (addition) . Jack Oak School (remodel) Let us do your Remodeling and Custom Cabinet Work! Mr. Mrs. Homer Cameron ---1117 North H Mr. Mrs. Wesley George -- 466 North Tenth TYPES Home Commercial Construction CONTRACTOR INEWSPAPER NEWSPAPER!

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