Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC)
Elks Committed to Helping Veterans
The Ashland Elks Lodge 944 has a long history of serving and supporting Veterans affiliated with the SORCC. Their commitment to Veterans and their families is manifest in various activities, which includes support of both inpatient and outpatient Veterans. The Elks have been active in this role since the 1980s, and in recent years their involvement is facilitated by VA volunteer and Elks member Rhonda Brustol. With Rhonda serving as liaison, the Elks have remained dedicated to Veterans issues, ensuring that our nation's service members are continually honored and remembered for their commitment to our country.
A familiar face at the VA, Rhonda is a vital and active volunteer, successfully bridging the Elks mission and her personal dedication to supporting Veterans. Rhonda volunteers weekly at the SORCC and co-facilitates a weekly Activity Group for Veterans residing at the Laurel Pines Retirement Lodge. Located in White City, Laurel Pines is an assisted living facility, home to Veterans of varying ages. Currently, a group of Veterans attend the weekly activity group which is held on-station. This group is overseen by Social Work Services Community Care Department and is co-facilitated by Rhonda and MSW Intern Rachel Sol.
As an example of their contribution to outpatient Veterans, the Elks' regularly host the Laurel Pines Activity Group biannually for luncheons at the Ashland Elks Lodge, generally in the spring and winter. This opportunity is highly valued and appreciated by the participating Veterans. The group looks forward to the outings that the Elks make available to them. It provides the chance to visit with other Veterans and Elks members, to participate in these community-based events, and to feel a sense of inclusion and appreciation for their service.
The Elks also have a tradition of holding special events for Veterans residing on-station. Hosting holiday parties and luncheons, funding gardening supplies for the Healing Garden, providing high speed internet and computer components to the SORCC computer lab, holding golf tournaments, and offering trips such as the Elks annual Cars of Summer and Concerts in The Park are examples of how the Elks have reached out to Veterans. The Ashland Elks plan to continue this support of the SORCC and have planned innovative fund raisers to make them possible. Thank you, Rhonda and the Elks, for supporting Veterans and their families!