IN HONOR OF THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BROOKLYN POLISH AMERICAN HOME, INC.; Congressional Record Vol. 146, No. 40
(Extensions of Remarks - April 04, 2000)

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IN HONOR OF THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BROOKLYN POLISH AMERICAN HOME, 
                                  INC.

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                        HON. DENNIS J. KUCINICH

                                of ohio

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, April 4, 2000

  Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor and celebration of 
the 65th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Polish American Home, Inc.
  Established in 1935 when South Brooklyn was a growing community full 
of various ethnic backgrounds, the community felt a cultural center 
should be established. This center would serve, not only as a meeting 
place for the entire community, but as an educational tool where people 
could visit and learn about their own heritage and the heritage of 
others. Thus, the Brooklyn Polish American Home was born. The Home's 
objective is to further not only Polish ideals, but the ideals of the 
entire community; in addition it serves as a civic, social, and 
recreational center.
  With a goal of serving the community, and with generous donations 
from the entire area, a parcel of land was purchased on April 10, 1935. 
The Home serves not only as a meeting place, but as a builder of 
futures for young people. The Home managed to establish a Scholarship 
Trust Fund, awarding grants to high school graduating seniors entering 
college or any other approved higher education institution. The first 
grant was provided in 1971, and through 1999 a total of 81 individuals 
had received financial assistance, totaling over $32,200.
  The Home has not been without hardships, though. Throughout the 
years, numerous renovations have been done to the Home. In the late 
1980's, two fires caused substantial amounts of damage and had to be 
renovated again. As a result of the generosity and involvement of the 
entire Brooklyn community, sufficient funding was acquired making these 
extensive repairs possible. The fact that the House was able to 
overcome these challenges is a testament to the character, will and 
stamina of the community's residents.
  My fellow colleagues, I ask you to join in honoring the 65th 
Anniversary of the Brooklyn Polish American Home.

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