Wogen & the Women’s Center

Last spring, Victor Wogen showed up to the DeKalb Area Women’s Center (DAWC) while university students and others were painting the place. The DAWC building is an old church, and parts of it reach to a third-floor level that the volunteers simply couldn’t reach. Wogen told the DAWC director, Anna Marie Coveny, that he knew where to get hold of a boom truck with which to finish the job and that he’d be back the following weekend. He never returned.

Come summer, and the DeKalb Community Development Department began asking when the paint job would be done. The inspector was referred to Wogen and phoned him. Nothing happened.

A bit over two weeks ago the story reached me. I notified the 3rd Ward Neighbors Helping Neighbors group and others were activated as well. Neighbors Helping Neighbors began planning. That’s when I screwed up.

Not knowing yet the part about the city contacting Wogen, I thought it possible that he had actually forgotten. Also I saw on the last (Oct. 22) City Council agenda that Ms. Coveny was scheduled to accept the Mayor’s Proclamation of Finnish Culture Day. I e-mailed Wogen to remind him of the 6-month-cold promise, to note that Ms. Coveny would be there and to wonder if he might have news for her? He responded, also via e-mail, twice: once to tell me that he had tried and tried to get the truck but had failed; and secondly, to let me know he had obtained use of a truck after all, for the following weekend. If you caught the ward reports at the end of the council meeting you know he said he intended to finish the Women’s Center project. Furthermore he told Ms. Coveny he had use of the truck for the next two weekends.

Weekend of October 27th: No call, no show.

Now, it could be that Wogen will show up the weekend of November 3rd but even if he does there’s a lot more building to cover than he can do in one weekend. We need volunteers who can paint and who have equipment that can get us up high enough to do it. And if we have enough people who are willing & able to pass the hat maybe we can rent equipment as well.

If you have something to offer in DAWC’s time of need please visit the 3rd Ward Neighbors Helping Neighbors group via the link on the front page of this blog.

My apologies to NHN and the other interested parties for delaying this project a whole week through my naivete’.

3 thoughts on “Wogen & the Women’s Center”

  1. I just wanted to let everyone know that we have reserved a boom truck for Sat, Nov 3rd. We have it for 24 hours and I have faith that we can get this project completed. We are still in need of donations for the boom truck, we are already half way there in paying for the truck, and if we could get a few people to pitch in just a few dollars here and there we will make it. I will pledge to cover the costs of the truck that we can’t raise through donations, but I am hoping that our community will come through on this one! We also will need volunteers to help with the painting on Sat @ noon at the Women’s Center. I don’t have the address, but maybe City Barbs can post that for us!

    I will also be calling Victor Wogen to find out his intentions…and hopefully, he will at least be joining us in the volunteer work this Saturday! We’ll see…let’s just say, I won’t be holding my breath!

  2. Whew! That was so fast, my head’s spinning! It would be wonderful to have it done in time for Finnish Culture Day on November 11.

    DAWC is located at 1021 State Street.

    Again, I urge anyone who can donate money or time to click on the Neighbors Helping Neighbors link on the CityBarbs front page and let them know so they can get an idea of the response.

    I can pass on messages in a pinch and of course, this space is fine for commentary.

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