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September 26, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ByJIM CAVERA Last Saturday morning I went to the neighbor- hood barbershop for a haircut. It's one of those old- fashioned shops with traditional barber chairs, newspapers and sports magazines, and a row of uncomfortable waiting chairs along one wall. As usual, several men waited with their sons, each one clutching a worn out plastic number. It reminded me of the shops I went to with my dad some 40 years ago. Even the stories and jokes seemed some- how familiar. It is comforting that some things remain about the same. The most notable differ- ences were the color television tuned to a sports Rudy's FloraI Design Fresh Flowers, Silk Arrangements Gift Items 207 N.E. 5th Street Washington, Indiana 47501 (812) 254-7200 WASHINGTON, IN 254-1430 TOLL FREE 1-800-GMC-CHEV Barbershop blues channel on cable and the women barbers working alongside the men. Two things happened that morning to remind me of the passage of time. First, the barber implied that I didn't need a real haircut, only a trim. I have known for a long time that I have been losing my hair. In fact, I am well beyond the receding stage. Yet, outside the rare occasion when I look in a mirror, I still think of myself as having a lot of hair. I acknowl- edged her remark with my usual good humor and she got on with giving me a trim. When it came time to pay, I handed her my ten dollar bill, the cost of a regular cut. She asked me if I was retired, and I said, with a bit of surprise, "of course not!" She handed me a dollar in change. As I went out the door, exchanging the traditional good-byes, I glanced at the sign over the register. It read: 62 and over, $9. Reality hit me. Not only am I over the hill, accord, ing to my 14-year-old-daughter, but now a rel- ative stranger had judged me to be even beyond my actual years. When I calmed down and shared this Shetller Moving R Storage Evansville, Indiana 812-421-7750 KofC Council 6679 LINTON, INDIANA experience with my wife (we are the same age) she consoled me and gently teased me at the same time. What is it about aging that troubles us? As a Catholic shouldn't I be looking forward to the end of life and to being united with Christ in heaven? In my homilies I have often used the analogy of life as a journey. Recently we traveled through the mountains of Virginia and took great pleasure in looking at the beautiful scenery. It is with this same sense of won- der that we approach our experience of aging. Our goal in writing this column is to share our comments on the scenery in the journey through the Second Half of life. Main Street Pharmacy 217 E, Main St., Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 i Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. Thai are the parents of four children, ages 14 to 29. lira has a Master  Degree in Sochzl Work and is employed in the Senior Health Center  St. Mary's Medical Center. He is a perm,znent deacon at St. Mary's Cdzurch in Evans- vilte. Ann has a Master's Degree in Educatiannd urks as an Admissions Counselor for IVY TECH State College ; in Evansville. 00asp,r St00i, anb Slaopping 00Suib00 II I I I I I II I I II I I II I I I III I I II Were Please Support Message Advertisers JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER i i Christian Books & Gifts Bey & Charlie Mendel, owners ($12)634- 4;J, acsorSt Jasper' IN474 i [ OZANAM KICKS OFF CAPITAL FUNDS DRIVE 1 OZANAM FAMILY SHELTER CORPORATION 1100 Read Street & 713 Second Avenue Evansville, Indiana 47710 (812)422-2214 Providing emergency housing, and so much more, to Evansville's homeless families. , i !i,  ,i  Li! 1100 Read Street Evansville, IN 47710 State Zip To The Evansville and Tri-State Community: Ozanam's Shelter II (1100 Read Street) has severe structural problems and a portion must be razed and replaced. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1894, and has had several additions, the last on the west end in 1967. We must raise $240,000 by March 1, 1998 to replace the east end of this structure and to continue in our mission of helping homeless families. Would you please consider helping us? Of course, Ozanam Family Shelter Corporation i an Indiana non-profit organization; all donations are tax-.ductibiel ' Ozanam Family Shelter Corporation operates two facilities in the Evansville, IN area with the capability of housing up to nire.,families in each location. The shelters provide short-term (up to 45 days) emergency housing to families. Ozanam Family Shelters are,the only facili.ties in the Evansville area that allow each family a private room, thereby keeping the family unit intact by allowing older male children, and fathers, to remain in residence. In addition to providing the basic needs of food, shelter, and personal care items, the primary objective of Ozanam Family Shelter Corporation is to provide the resident families with the necessary support system that will prepare them for SUccessful re-entry into an independent living environment. A secondary objective is to help reduce homelessness in the Evansville area. Ozanam assists families in not only acquiring their own home or apartment, but in education, key contacts, and community resources to remain independent. We believe that the only way to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness is through education, The goal of our Family Advocacy Program is to help families establish positive new habits, to improve their lives. This is accomplished through educational classes on Parenting Skills and Life Skills, as Well as individual counseling and guidance, support groups, and referral services. Our Life Skills series, offering sessions on job search methods, financial management, household management, health/nutrition, and petsOnai development alternatives, allows low-income individuals more opportunity to succeed in an independent living environment. Beginning in 1998 these classes will be offered on an Outreach basis to all homeless and near homeless in the Evansville area. We would like to thank all past and future donors for their continued support. Without your help, we could not continue. Sincerely, Deacon Robert A. Hayden, President Yes, I'd like to help Ozanam Family Shelter continue its mission. ....... Enclosed is a donation in the amount of $ Please make check payable and mail to: Name Phone OZANAM FAMILY SHELTER CORPORATION Address