Lending a hand for Thanksgiving

Endeavor’s Facility Security Officer, Cynthia Silveira, recently led a group of employees for a day of volunteering at Liberty House, a transitional home for local veterans in Manchester, NH.

Liberty House is the childhood home of Private Harold Paczosa, killed while serving aboard the S.S. Dorchester, a U.S. Army transport ship sunk by a German U-boat in February 1943. Harold’s home was left to his sister, Annette, who bequeathed it to the VFW Post in Manchester with a promise it be used to serve veterans.

Annette’s only other wish was that a memorial stone be placed on the property to honor Harold.

Liberty House is the only 100% drug-free transitional program in New Hampshire. Since its inception in 2002, the program has seen more than 300 vets come through its doors. Clients stay in one of five bedrooms in the home for no more than 12 months, with the average stay about nine months. Individuals can start working after their first month, and half their income goes into a savings account. Everything else is provided for them. Liberty House receives no funding from federal or state government.

“We had a great day giving back,” says Cynthia, a U.S. Air Force veteran herself. “I can’t thank everyone enough for their support and would love to make this an annual event for employees.”

Liberty House also has a food pantry and clothes closet for local vets, who can walk in and help themselves to what they need. To help boost its inventory, Cynthia and her teammates Pam Graham, Lee Yang and Todd Goodman, plus Todd’s son Nick, delivered food and clothing supplies collected from Endeavor’s nearby workforce, about 35 miles south.

The team’s day didn’t end at Liberty House either, as they later headed down the street to New Horizons for New Hampshire, a soup kitchen providing daily meals to the homeless, to help serve meals and prepare boxes of food to be handed out for Thanksgiving.

“We had a great day giving back,” says Cynthia, a U.S. Air Force veteran herself. “I can’t thank everyone enough for their support and would love to make this an annual event for all employees. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference in someone’s life.”

Endeavor employees Todd Goodman and Cynthia Silveira on the food line at New Horizons for New Hampshire.