Leaving a Legacy: Liberty House History
In 1943 amid WWII a German U-boat torpedo struck the USAT Dorchester and more than 600 servicemen were lost. Private Harold Paczosa of Manchester was among the servicemen who perished in the sinking of the transport ship. In honor of his memory, his sister Annette left the family home to the VFW, asking only that the house be used as a home for military veterans and that a memorial stone honoring her brother be maintained at the premises. With the support of the Manchester VFW, Don Duhamel – a retired Air Force sergeant disturbed by the vision of veterans homeless in his community – raised funds, garnered support, and willed Liberty House into existence.
Since then, the veterans at Liberty House have worked together to rebuild confidence, enhance their skills, and lead fulfilling, substance-free lives. Liberty House has provided support and services to more than 250 homeless veterans thanks to the generosity of our donors and the Paczosa family.
Harold Paczosa Day
On February 3rd of each year staff, volunteers and residents gather at Blessed Sacrament Church to reflect on the history of Liberty House and celebrate the life of Private Harold Paczosa. Despite the tragic death of Harold Paczosa, something special, something magical has blossomed from his legacy and that magic is Liberty House.
On Friday, January 20, 2017 the founder of Liberty House, Donald E. Duhamel passed away. Donald was in the Air Force for 40 years as a flight engineer and was also a master sergeant in the Army National Guard during the Korean War. Donald took great pride in being able to help homeless veterans and starting the first shelter for homeless veterans, Liberty House.
What is Four Chaplains Day?
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Four Chaplains Day marks the sinking of the SS Dorchester, a transport ship on route to Greenland, during World War II on February 3rd, 1943.
With the help of our dedicated staff, veterans in residence, and local community organizations, Liberty House is working to make positive, successful changes in the lives of the brave men and women who have served our country.
Episode 019: Watching Them Fly
Friday, August 21, 2015
At 17, Mike ran away to join the Army. After enduring years of abuse from his mother, Mike felt liberated, living a “normal” life for the first time.