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Paul and Rita at a Pittsburgh Pirates game in 2019.

Paul, in his own words…

Rita and I share backgrounds of service to others–family, church and neighborhood in our youth. Later we sought careers in serving those struggling with Mental Illness or addiction and assisting Intellectually Disabled individuals achieve independence and inclusion. Being thoughtful of others is “in our DNA” or at least it’s a long-standing habit. That’s not a boast, it’s just a natural fact.

In retirement, we knew that wouldn’t change. In 2011 we were able to acquire a second home, here on the Outer Banks. We commute regularly from our home in Western Pennsylvania, and we are here about 20 weeks a year. One day in 2012 we were driving down the Bypass and saw the sign on the OBRF offices and the word “Relief” resonated with our belief about helping others. Upon inquiry, we found, sure enough, one-time relief was what they were all about. Those assisted didn’t become a “member” of a life-long diagnosis, label, or statistic, but they are otherwise self-sufficient folks, our neighbors faced with a catastrophic event that without special intervention could set back or even derail their aspirations. 

Further discussion showed this to be a free-standing, local agency with extremely low overhead (evidenced on their Budget Balance Sheet). They are not a part of a “Chain Charity” or government bureaucracy. They, thus, have simple, well defined eligibility criteria and streamlined procedures for quickly assisting those in immediate need.

Convinced this was a worthy endeavor, we offered to enter into an Endowment Agreement with OBRF, wherein we would designate a specific percentage of our estate, the principal being invested with the profit each year “in perpetuity” going to support agency efforts. We think that “in perpetuity” part really makes sense.

We then got involved with fund raising, specifically the Sandbar 5K beach race. However, the climate of charity fundraising began to change in the OBX and the agency (volunteer) board wisely decided to engage in stepping up their direct donation efforts. We knew from staying in touch with staff and volunteers that they had growing immediate needs (when you do good work, word gets out). Those immediate needs couldn’t wait for our endowment to actuate, so we began contributing annually at Christmastime. 

Then when asked, we committed in 2018 to contributing to Impact OBX, a long-term direct donation campaign, because we believe there is a great and increasing number of challenges that our hard-working neighbors must get past. Therefore, our donations will go directly to that RELIEF, as directed by the most trustworthy “stewards” of the OBRF. We also will support GivingTuesdayNow.

We feel very blessed to have our health and adequate resources to enjoy life. A long-time friend, a pastor, who recently passed away would say “Save some grace for those who really need it, the reward is in the effort.” Thus, we encourage others to give now and to plan their estates not just to spare family members the hardship of guessing what to do, but to include some form of planned giving. All can include in their legacy the caring for humanity’s future by supporting worthy (i.e. researched, vetted) organizations committed to that mission. OBRF is the one at the top of our list for now and the future.

Meet Thomas Rice

The Lubosch Family

Kenny and Elaine Lubosch are originally from Roanoke, Virginia. They moved to the Outer Banks 7 years ago, attracted to the area by the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T).  Elaine, who worked at the Roanoke Zoo, was losing her sight and knew that she would soon be totally blind. She wanted an opportunity to continue to work with animals, even if it had to be on a volunteer basis. N.E.S.T. provided that opportunity.

In October of 2018, Kenny had just started working full-time as a driver for UPS and also worked part-time as a monitor during the beach nourishment project to ensure the safety of the sea turtles. Elaine was a stay-at-home mom caring for the couple’s 20-month-old daughter and volunteering for N.E.S.T. On October 5th of that year, Kenny was involved in an automobile accident while driving the family car in Manteo. The car was a total loss. Kenny suffered a fractured ankle and spinal cord injuries.

A projected five weeks out of work without pay soon turned into three months. Although Kenny had insurance to help with the hospital bills, the young couple did not know how they were going to pay their rent and utilities or even purchase diapers for their young child. Fortunately, Elaine’s social worker with the North Carolina Division of the Blind referred the family to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. We were able to help the family with two months of rent.

“The Relief Foundation was absolutely amazing. Rent was our largest bill and was the scary one,” Kenny said. “We would not have made it without the help we received.” 

Today things are looking up for this young family. Although they still have hospital bills from the accident, Kenny is healthy and back at work. And this spring they became a family of four when they welcome another baby girl.