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When a child escapes abuse within their home, they need support to weather the crisis, heal, and move forward. Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a lifeline for children fleeing abuse. From providing basic necessities to teaching life skills that instill confidence and self-worth, our services lift fragile children from a place of harm to one of hope.

Helping Children Heal

When a child escapes abuse within their home, they need support to weather the crisis, heal, and move forward. Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a lifeline for children fleeing abuse. From providing basic necessities to teaching life skills that instill confidence and self-worth, our services lift fragile children from a place of harm to one of hope.

Hear about the positive impact our efforts make.

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

Hear about the positive impact our efforts make.

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

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Things of My Very Own

Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that provides crisis intervention services and programs to children in emergency situations, specifically, those who have experienced extensive abuse or neglect.

We were informed this morning that our beloved friend and head of security, Lieutenant John Kwak has passed.

There are many things that are uncertain in life but with Lieutenant Kwak, there are things that we always knew. He loved his wife Pat. He loved his family, especially his grandson Nathan, and he had a sense of humor.

Lieutenant Kwak passed at the ripe old age of 28. Those who knew him know that this is a lie. HE didn’t lie about his age. We did, because he had more drive than most people fifty years younger than him.

In his younger years he worked at the Schenectady County Jail. A few of our volunteers who knew him during that time have all told us the same thing: the jail was run like a well-oiled machine when he was there. Minutes before he arrived, "all the craziness would stop". No one dared to step out of line during his shift.

During his seven-years volunteering at Things of My Very Own, Lieutenant Kwak had a number of junior security officers who ranged in age from two to ten-years-old. Most of them were the children of employees and volunteers, some were clients. Being a junior security officer was one of the most sought after jobs at the crisis intervention center. Lieutenant Kwak made each child feel as though they had the most important job at the facility. One day these children will grow up and write “junior security officer” on their resume. If you happen to be gifted with evaluating one of these candidates, know that they were trained by the best, and that our lieutenant paid them well (out of his own pocket).

Lieutenant Kwak took his job seriously. Any time there was a security incident at the center, regardless of the time of day or night, we would contact him before the police. He had a response time of about 20-seconds, an impressive feat considering the amount of stairs in his home. We would then contact all employees. The employees would then race to the premises, sometimes without shoes, and swarm the parking lot to make sure that no one messed with our lieutenant. Later on we would review the security camera footage and talk about how the center was the most secure building in the City of Schenectady.

The Stockade District was a better place because of his presence.

We will miss him playing music over our communication devices first thing in the morning. We will miss how he used to turn our artwork sideways during his rounds. We will miss our Lieutenant, but more than all of these things, we will miss our friend.

We ask those of you who knew Lieutenant Kwak to take the time to write or email your memories of him, and send them to our facility. We would like to share your memories with Lieutenant Kwak's family, and then gift them to his grandson Nathan. Don’t worry, all of his family members have a good sense of humor too.

Things of My Very Own
243-249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
[email protected]
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We were informed this morning that our beloved friend and head of security, Lieutenant John Kwak has passed.

There are many things that are uncertain in life but with Lieutenant Kwak, there are things that we always knew. He loved his wife Pat. He loved his family, especially his grandson Nathan, and he had a sense of humor.

Lieutenant Kwak passed at the ripe old age of 28. Those who knew him know that this is a lie. HE didn’t lie about his age. We did, because he had more drive than most people fifty years younger than him.

In his younger years he worked at the Schenectady County Jail. A few of our volunteers who knew him during that time have all told us the same thing: the jail was run like a well-oiled machine when he was there. Minutes before he arrived, all the craziness would stop. No one dared to step out of line during his shift.

During his seven-years volunteering at Things of My Very Own, Lieutenant Kwak had a number of junior security officers who ranged in age from two to ten-years-old. Most of them were the children of employees and volunteers, some were clients. Being a junior security officer was one of the most sought after jobs at the crisis intervention center. Lieutenant Kwak made each child feel as though they had the most important job at the facility. One day these children will grow up and write “junior security officer” on their resume. If you happen to be gifted with evaluating one of these candidates, know that they were trained by the best, and that our lieutenant paid them well (out of his own pocket).

Lieutenant Kwak took his job seriously. Any time there was a security incident at the center, regardless of the time of day or night, we would contact him before the police. He had a response time of about 20-seconds, an impressive feat considering the amount of stairs in his home. We would then contact all employees. The employees would then race to the premises, sometimes without shoes, and swarm the parking lot to make sure that no one messed with our lieutenant. Later on we would review the security camera footage and talk about how the center was the most secure building in the City of Schenectady.

The Stockade District was a better place because of his presence.

We will miss him playing music over our communication devices first thing in the morning. We will miss how he used to turn our artwork sideways during his rounds. We will miss our Lieutenant, but more than all of these things, we will miss our friend.

We ask those of you who knew Lieutenant Kwak to take the time to write or email your memories of him, and send them to our facility. We would like to share your memories with Lieutenant Kwaks family, and then gift them to his grandson Nathan. Don’t worry, all of his family members have a good sense of humor too.

Things of My Very Own
243-249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
info@tomvo.org

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Sorry for your loss 🙏. May He Rest In Peace 🙏🙏.

Sorry for your loss

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How very, very sad and I'm so sorry. I never knew him, but he sounds like a great guy who had a huge, positive impact on the lives of others! RIP Lieutenant Kwak.

So sorry for you and your families loss Anita. He sounds like a great person. May he R.I.P.

What a beautiful tribute. He sounds like an amazing man! I am so sorry for your loss.

Wow. What a beautiful tribute. I didn't know him but you have me grieving the fact that now I dont have a chance to meet him (perhpas Ill run into him in heaven.) Im 43 and this makes me want to be a junior security officer with him. He sounds remarkable and I can only imagine the loss you all feel. Rest in peace Lieutenant John.💕

What a blessing this man was to you all. RIP Lt. Kwak.

What a lovely tribute. My condolences to you all and to his family. 💔

Very sad to hear! Was an amazing gentleman! 🙏🏻

Condolences to his family, friends, co-workers and all who knew him! He certainly has earned his wings🙏

I'm so sorry for your loss & to his family

What a wonderful tribute to a very generous and loving soul! Prayers for his family at this very sad time❣️

Oh I worked with Lt Kwak at SCJ.My condolences to his family. What a wonderful and kind man..Truly one of the good guys.

sounds like heaven gained an amazing man...sending love and strength to all who had the honor of knowing him!

He sounds like a wonderful human being! This was sad, but beautiful to read. 💔❤ RIP, sir

Sorry to read this. He was a nice guy who went out of his way to say hi. I met John through his brother who used to live in my building. They can now be together in heaven sharing stories and making each other laugh. Rest in Peace John. 🙏

Oh no, John, many years ago worked for my father and became a beloved friend of our family. He was always concerned about my mom since my Dads passing. He also was an usher at Proctors where I saw him last. I am very sad to hear this and may he rest in peace, love you John!

So sorry to hear that this news. The last time I saw him was when I took my daughter out for her birthday dinner at Glenville Queen. Happy that I got a chance to know him while volunteering at TOMVO.

He sounds like an amazing man who was truly a blessing to you! Deepest condolences to all of his family and friends.

May he Rest In Peace. What a beautiful tribute to a life well lead🙏🙏

I did not have the pleasure of knowing him, but I am truly saddened by his passing!

He was such a wonderful person. I remember when I volunteered there and he was always kind and pleasant. Heaven has gained another angel, RIP.

So Sad! Condolences to ALL!! RIP John! 🙏🙏

Very sorry for your loss , I've never met john but my son shay told me great things about him an shared some of his stories , shay also sends his condolences ❤️

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EMERGENCY CASE

We have a family-of-nine that just lost everything in a house fire on Monday. This is a very special family as we have been informed that one of the children helped to save the life of his younger sibling. We are told that when the fire occurred, not all of the children could make it out the front door. The 13-year-old had to climb out a window, onto the garage, then leap. His heroic 15-year-old brother caught him as he jumped.

Family #0772021

Four-year-old girl
Shirts: 6 girls
Pants: 6 girls
Undergarments: 6
Shoes: 12c
Bedding: Twin

Seven-year-old girl
Shirts: 7/8 girls
Pants: 8 girls
Undergarments: 8
Shoes: 2y
Bedding: Twin

Nine-year-old boy
Shirts: 10/12 boys
Pants: 12 boys
Undergarments: 10/12 boxer briefs
Shoes: 4y
Bedding: Twin

Nine-year-old boy
Shirts: 10/12 boys
Pants: 12 boys
Undergarments: 10/12 boxer briefs
Shoes: 4y
Bedding: Twin

11-year-old boy
Shirts: 12/14 boys
Pants: 16 boys
Undergarments: 16/18 boxer briefs
Shoes: 5 men's
Bedding: Twin

13-year-old boy
Shirts: 10/12 boys
Pants: 12/14 or 10/12
Undergarments: 10/12 boxer briefs
Shoes: 7 men's
Bedding: Twin

15-year-old boy
Shirts: 14/16 boys
Pants: Men's medium
Undergarments: small men's boxer briefs or boxers
Shoes: 11 men's
Bedding: Twin

Father
Shirts: 1x-2x men's
Pants: 42x32 or 44x32 men's
Undergarments: 2x boxers
Shoes: 13 men's

Mother
Shirts: Medium women's
Pants: 14 or Lg women's
Undergarments: 8 and 36C bra
Shoes: 9 women's

Notes: This family of nine is currently in a hotel but will need a lot of help starting over again. In addition to the clothing and shoes outlined above, the children will need the following: (6) twin-sized mattress sets, (6) twin-size bedding sets, (1) full-size mattress set, (1) full-size bedding set, snacks to keep in their rooms, new toys and activities and school supplies.

Please make a donation to help this family begin their healing process. Help these children to gain everything they need to start over again. Things of My Very Own has the ability to get items to the family at an extremely discounted rate, on an immediate need basis. For this reason, monetary donations go further.

If you have any of the items on-hand**, donations may be brought or mailed to the following address:
Things of My Very Own; Family #0772021
249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-noon. We thank each of you for helping this family in this time of need.

* Case details are being shared with permission from the client.
** If you are dropping off or mailing donations to this specific family, please be sure to include the “Family #0772021”, on the package.
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Heartbreaking! I donated! I pray that this family can get back on their feet soon ♥️

I will be bringing a twin bed on Saturday, approx 11 am. It wasn’t used all that much, mostly for a rare guest. Smoke free home. I’ll bring some money for sheets as we don’t have any kids sets.

Will you accept a queen-size mattress and box spring? In great condition but not a full-size.

I have two boxes of girls 7/8 clothing ( and some a little bigger) that I will drop off Friday or Saturday.

I have a large variety of boys clothes some brand new. I also could donate some books for the kids because we have an awfully large collection of books for all ages

I have a lot of boys size 10/12 that have been worn maybe once and are in like new condition. Do you accept clothes that are in like new condition ?

Can we mail you a donation? If so what is the address

I have a queen sized box spring if yall need one...?

I was going to donate two bags of boys 14-16 clothes. Would you like them?

Mom/dad sizes?

Can we drop off donation today, Sunday?

Are you still collecting for this family

Do you accept used bedding that’s smoke-free/clean/great condition?

Does the Donate link on this post go directly to this family?

Would anyone be able to pick up donations in Wilton NY?

I have a set of full size sheets and a full size comforter, brand new. I’ll bring them either this afternoon or Friday

I have girls shoes and clothing an toys but no way to get them to you.

Things of My Very Own would spring clothes be ok considering it is right around the corner?

I have several things that we can donate. I have girls clothes in 7/8 and boys in 14. I potentially have a couple of dressers too, I just don’t have an easy way to get it to you. I have full size bedding sets for boys and girls that I can donate as well. I have womens clothes in the sizes and shoe sizes too 🙂 Please let me know how to get stuff to you.

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