Recently, TLWH founder Ron Zaleski visited Canton, OH where our organization’s most recent ASIST workshop was held. Mr. Zaleski was joined by Ron Newhouse (Training Director). Both gentlemen were invited by Bryan Bowman, Director of Military & Veteran Affairs under U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez, to speak at a local school and the Military Family Center in Louisville, OH. Additionally, they visited SAM (Serving Area Military) Center in Massillon, OH and The Patriot Project in North Canton, OH. They also participated in the local Veteran Resource Fair for two days, where they spoke about The Long Walk Home’s work to assist Veterans.
While at the fair, The Long Walk Home was honored by women of the Quilts of Valor Foundation–an organization that awards Veterans and service members with handmade quilts. Mr. Zaleksi and Mr. Newhouse were presented with and wrapped in two beautiful red, white, and blue quilts. It was an emotional moment, and a tremendous honor.
A day after the event, both Mr. Zaleski and Mr. Newhouse received a call from Mr. Bowman. He shared that five people who struggling with suicidal thoughts had stepped forward to receive help. One of them–a high school student–expressed wishes to get involved in The Long Walk Home’s Mentorship Program. Mr. Bowman himself is now a proud Mentor himself and is eager to help our organization pursue it’s mission to reduce suicide. All of us at The Long Walk Home are humbled to know that our work resonates with so many.