Nearly seven decades later, Charles Daubek Jr., 94, still remembers the “wonderful feeling” of first seeing the house – their first – that his parents saved, scrimped and borrowed to buy while he served as a private first class during World War II.
An only child and never married, Mr. Daubek has lived in that home in Hastings on Hudson since returning from the war in 1946. The fraying roof and rusting mailbox tell one story: at his age, he has neither the money nor the physical stamina to make repairs. But within the walls live a lifetime of memories – his memories – of special times with friends and with his parents, all of whom were buried years ago.
“It’s a terrible thing when you got to skimp and you don’t know if you can make it or not,” he said.
Read his profile in The New York Times. Learn about critical support he receives from Catholic Charities and its affiliate, Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, to help him to continue living independently.