By Cheri Fisher and Su Phelps • Photos by Jackie Brett and Su Phelps
Walker Furniture Larry Alterwitz, partnered with Star Nursery Dr. Q (aka Paul Noe) and Las Vegas Rescue Mission Harry Hinderliter for their 24th annual Home for the Holidays program. This year they helped 36 needy families with food, gifts and new furniture for the entire household.
Walker Furniture has been in the Valley for over 63 years and is family owned and operated. Walker is opening another location on 215 and Durango called “The Curve” by the end of the year. It is their belief that because they have been in business for so long it is their privilege and an honor to give back to the community that they love so much.
One of the deliveries that they did this year was to Navy Veteran Doriel Ramos, who just obtained housing at the Patriots Place Apartments, which is a low-income apartment complex that priorities are for veterans in homeless or near homeless situation. The resource Manager Paul Landri is the person who nominated Doriel for the program. Doriel had no idea, so when Patti Gerace called him he thought it was too good to be true and must be a scam. Doriel had been living in his car for a very long time before he was accepted at the complex. He said that it has been a blessing and that this was the best thing that has happened to him for a long time. He feels that as long as there is more good than bad that the city will prosper and go on.
One of the other families that they delivered to was Rebecca Hilton native Las Vegan who is a single working mother of 4 plus has 4 other children in her household along with her sister. She lost her mother 2 years ago and the family has stuck together. She was nominated by her brother who is in the Army active duty, and will be home for the holidays. She feels totally blessed by the surprise that Walker Furniture has given them, because it would take her years to get new beds for all her kids. The children were so excited and as they sat visiting with Larry Alterwitz all they could do is smile.