Bobby's House

Robert “Bobby” Z. is an Army veteran of the Korean war. He is a New Jersey native who has lived for the past 63 years in his home in Green Brook. Recently, he was hospitalized and is now in a rehabilitation center where he has regained his strength and is ready to return home. The only problem is that his home is in desperate need of repair, and until those repairs are made he cannot return home. Bobby has no other option, but to wait for these repairs to be made. 

 

Our church has agreed to provide the labor to make his home livable again. But we need donations of money and materials to make that happen. Bobby needs a new kitchen, bathroom repairs (toilets, flooring, deep cleaning), two bedrooms painted (wall repairs needed) and floors cleaned and polished, living room/dining room painted and floors cleaned and polished, and some gutter and soffit work. In addition, he needs furniture, 2 beds (one for him and one for an overnight aide), couch, chair, recliner, bedding, towels, etc … In total, we estimate the cost of what is needed to get Bobby back home be $15,000. 

 

To date we have raised approximately $9,000. We are hoping that you will help us to  raise the rest. 


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Read more about Bobby

Robert was born in Elizabeth, NJ to a large family and had 8 brothers and sisters. He is currently 89 years old and is a US Army war veteran. He served overseas in the Pacific during the Korean War. He has also been a huge supporter of other veterans much of his life – often organizing and sending care packages to military serving overseas. I’ve been told by his friend that anytime “the Vets” needed anything he was there for them.

The group photo is a picture of Robert and his brothers. They are all war time Vets from the Army and Navy. This photo is from younger days and sadly all his siblings, even his sisters have passed away. 

 

He has been living in Green Brook in a family owned home for over 60 years in a house that he and his brother bought new with their GI Bills in the 1950’s. When they were able to do this for their family it was a big deal and different family members were able to move in and out over the years. Bobby and his beloved sister Ann remained in the house together for the majority of the years until Ann passed away in 2018 at the age of 95.

 

Ann’s wish at the time was to remain in the house instead of going to a nursing home. Bobby committed to making that happen for her even though being a caretaker was a very challenging commitment to make for a man in his 80’s. He really misses her.

Bobby loves his church and loves to sing in church.

 

He loves dogs and the neighbors tell me that he stops to feed the dog next door when the dog is out in his yard.

 

Bobby has his favorite neighborhood pubs he loves to go to, to have a beer or two and “chew the fat.” He also loves a daily good cup of coffee from the neighborhood deli.

 

Bobby loves to listen to music when he is home.

 

He is a caring person and they tell me in Rehab that he is keeping them entertained and is a pretty funny guy.

 

After the war, Bobby worked as a machinist for Mack Truck and Singer Sewing Company. 

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