April 4, 2000 - Issue: Vol. 146, No. 40 — Daily Edition106th Congress (1999 - 2000) - 2nd Session
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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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E488] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN HONOR OF THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BROOKLYN POLISH AMERICAN HOME, INC. ______ 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. ____________________