During Thanksgiving, in November 2008 and 2009, I have volunteered for the Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Parkview Community Church with Henry W. Hochstatter, located at 764 St. Charles Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, Email: info@pccmail.org, Telephone: 630.469.4306. The first year, Scott, the coordinator, along with Reverend Mike McDuffy, encouraged everyone attending during the Sunday morning service, to sign-up and help for the free Thanksgiving Community Dinner.

The first time, I remembered that Henry W. Hochstatter signed-up to volunteer for the Kitchen Clean-Up and I also helped cleaning up the dining room, after the Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Parkview Community Church in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois.

Later during the year in 2009, Henry W. Hochstatter’s 1996 Toyota SUV developed a broken transmission gearshift and needed financial assistance to pay the $800.00 repair and replacement costs at the Next Generation Auto Shop in Villa Park, managed by his cousin, mechanic Bobby Pickerill. By the grace of God, the Parkview Community Church offered financial assistance to Henry W. Hochstatter with $200.00 from the Sunday collection to help him pay the Toyota SUV transmission gearshift repair and replacement.

So, it was not surprising that during November 2009, Henry W. Hochstatter volunteered again for Kitchen Clean-Up after the free Thanksgiving Community Luncheon at the Parkview Community Church in Glen Ellyn.

During Thanksgiving in November 2009, I also registered to help at the Parkview Community Church, stationed at the Welcome Reception Table for registration verification, and also afterwards for Kitchen Clean-Up duties. I remembered that David was seating nearby and Sidney Williams came to say “Hi!” and talk in the background with Henry W. Hochstatter. Afterwards, Betty, the church receptionist sat by me to keep company during the Thanksgiving Luncheon rush hour.

Two years have passed since then and in 2010, Henry W. Hochstatter has changed a lot since he has been working with brake-bleeding for the Next Generation Auto Shop managed by his cousin mechanic Bobby Pickerill. In 2010, Henry W. Hochstatter does not want to spend Thanksgiving with the Parkview Community Church in Glen Ellyn this year. Nor does Henry W. Hochstatter want to spend Thanksgiving with a very close friend who has been helping him during his homelessness after his separation from his second wife, followed by divorce in 2010. In two years, people can change and not volunteer, the way they used to do so. It is unfortunate that Henry W. Hochstatter has changed so much in his community service since he moved to Villa Park near his family.

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