Shawn and Bobbie Sue Bowling, of Clarksville Indiana, received a generous donation of household goods from Warrior Battalion on February 16, 2023. “You can’t imagine what this means to me and my wife, we’ve worked hard over the years trying to save enough money to have nicer furniture and our own washer and dryer, and now we finally have them”, stated Shawn Bowling, 49, an employee of Rauch Industries and resident with New Albany Indiana’s ResCare Community Living Services, “We are very excited to not depend on the local laundry mat any longer for clean clothes” added Bobbie Sue.
Warrior Battalion offers myriad of services for military veterans and their families. Over the last year donations of gently used furniture, to include a few pieces due from the passing of its founder, Troy Yocum, haves accumulated. “Enough furniture and appliances built up that the board of directors and I felt it was time to find a veteran-related family to benefit”, said J.C., President of Warrior Battalion, “Board member Rob Cooley told me about Bobbie Sue and Shawn, a couple he works with as his role at ResCare who have been together for 30 years and have ties to the Indiana Army National Guard through Shawn’s late father. Considering they were moving from a tiny apartment to a large 1 bedroom remodeled unit we all agreed they’d be the perfect fit”.
ResCare in New Albany is a human services company that helps intellectually disabled adults live as independently as possible in their community.
The role of Rob Cooley and hundreds of other employees in the New Albany operation is to help mentor, teach, and coach clients like Bobbie Sue and Shawn to be the best and most successful version of self they can be. “Shawn and Bobbie Sue are a staple in our community and selfless advocates for all of our friends and families that live daily, overcoming challenges and health related obstacles, it’s truly a joy seeing them benefit from this donation”, said Rob Cooley, Program Manager at ResCare.
Along with the washer and dryer, the couple received two large clothes dressers, a new mattress, box spring, bedframe, a tv-mount for the new 55 inch TV, some bathroom and kitchen supplies, and a matching set of recliners. “The recliners are perfect for us. We like to sit and watch TV together every night and now we can be close to each other, but I can lean back just the way I like”, states Bobbie Sue.
“Thank you, Warrior Battalion. Your organization and all service members are in our thoughts and prayers”, Shawn states “it all makes me think of my dad and his 5 years with the Indiana Army National Guard. His service meant the world to me. He kept us safe and gave me the chance to live in this free country to be whatever I want to be. I’m proud to be the son of a veteran”.
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