Making an Impact: CAHEC at Work
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Meet Alvin Seaberg

Meet Alvin Seaberg

Happiness is a Rocking Chair and a Piece of Cake

When you want to take a break to reflect on the past, where do you go? For Alvin Seaberg, a 91-year-old resident living at Bowman Manor Apartments, the “white rocking chair out back” was the answer. “It’s so peaceful out there,” Alvin said as he gazed at the flag pole. “You know, I was the first person to hoist the American flag at Bowman Manor.” What a great honor for Alvin to have, especially after proudly serving his country in World War II.

“I received the Purple Heart when I was in the army,” Alvin explained. “It was in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in Germany, and I was a sniper.” Alvin was sent ahead of his troop to search for danger and was faced with the enemy. To avoid capture, he hid in the snow for 14 hours until his fellow soldiers arrived to help. When the battle was over, Alvin was discharged because of wounds he received from frostbite, thus earning him a Purple Heart. He also received the Bronze Star for his heroism.

After the Army, Alvin worked as a coal miner for a few years, and then became a supervisor of a bread and beer company. During that time, he also got married and had two children. “Time went on and I retired. Then my wife got very sick and moved into an assisted living facility up north. I stayed here to be close to my children.” With this big change in his life, Alvin was now faced with the challenge of finding a new place to live. He moved into a market rate apartment and after many rent increases, knew he had to find a more affordable home.

“My son was the one who found Bowman Manor for me. This community is secure and in a great location. I love it here!” Finding an affordable place to live was a relief for Alvin. “I’m on disability,” he explained. “The rent is lower than where I lived before and it makes it easier for me to get by.” With many of the on-site amenities, it’s the small things that Alvin looks forward to the most. “I’m in a place where I can come out of my apartment and always have someone to talk to. I feel like I still have my independence, but I know I can always call someone for help if I need it.” Alvin also bragged about the rocking chairs that overlooked their beautiful courtyard. “I sit out there every morning. It’s a great place to take a nap.”

Becky Selvek, site manager of Bowman Manor Apartments, was emotional as she described the residents in her community. “They really look out for each other like family. If one person hasn’t come out of their apartment in a while, they go check on them. They even make dinner for each other sometimes.” Alvin laughed when Becky mentioned dinner. “Don’t forget,” he said, “they bring me cake, too!”

The comradery at Bowman Manor is an excellent example of what CAHEC hopes each of our residents feel when they live in one of the properties we’ve helped finance. We are proud to have such an amazing community of residents and we’re honored to have been able to share Alvin’s story.

Happiness is a Rocking Chair and a Piece of Cake

When you want to take a break to reflect on the past, where do you go? For Alvin Seaberg, a 91-year-old resident living at Bowman Manor Apartments, the “white rocking chair out back” was the answer. “It’s so peaceful out there,” Alvin said as he gazed at the flag pole. “You know, I was the first person to hoist the American flag at Bowman Manor.” What a great honor for Alvin to have, especially after proudly serving his country in World War II.

“I received the Purple Heart when I was in the army,” Alvin explained. “It was in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in Germany, and I was a sniper.” Alvin was sent ahead of his troop to search for danger and was faced with the enemy. To avoid capture, he hid in the snow for 14 hours until his fellow soldiers arrived to help. When the battle was over, Alvin was discharged because of wounds he received from frostbite, thus earning him a Purple Heart. He also received the Bronze Star for his heroism.

After the Army, Alvin worked as a coal miner for a few years, and then became a supervisor of a bread and beer company. During that time, he also got married and had two children. “Time went on and I retired. Then my wife got very sick and moved into an assisted living facility up north. I stayed here to be close to my children.” With this big change in his life, Alvin was now faced with the challenge of finding a new place to live. He moved into a market rate apartment and after many rent increases, knew he had to find a more affordable home.

“My son was the one who found Bowman Manor for me. This community is secure and in a great location. I love it here!” Finding an affordable place to live was a relief for Alvin. “I’m on disability,” he explained. “The rent is lower than where I lived before and it makes it easier for me to get by.” With many of the on-site amenities, it’s the small things that Alvin looks forward to the most. “I’m in a place where I can come out of my apartment and always have someone to talk to. I feel like I still have my independence, but I know I can always call someone for help if I need it.” Alvin also bragged about the rocking chairs that overlooked their beautiful courtyard. “I sit out there every morning. It’s a great place to take a nap.”

Becky Selvek, site manager of Bowman Manor Apartments, was emotional as she described the residents in her community. “They really look out for each other like family. If one person hasn’t come out of their apartment in a while, they go check on them. They even make dinner for each other sometimes.” Alvin laughed when Becky mentioned dinner. “Don’t forget,” he said, “they bring me cake, too!”

The comradery at Bowman Manor is an excellent example of what CAHEC hopes each of our residents feel when they live in one of the properties we’ve helped finance. We are proud to have such an amazing community of residents and we’re honored to have been able to share Alvin’s story.