Ralph Matuska has volunteered at the Poverello Center since January 2005, lending his expertise to our organization as handy-man and problem solver. This is no easy task at the Poverello Center, where something or another breaks down on a daily basis! Matuska has fixed doors and gates, toilets, showers and sinks, lighting fixtures and exit signs, walls, floors and even computers! Even more challenging, is the reality that things frequently break again just after they have been fixed! Matuska’s talent, ingenuity and smiling persona have made him a well known, much-loved and appreciated presence.
Matuska uses his charms on the various vendors he goes to, receiving advice and cost saving suggestions for the projects the Poverello Center presents to him.
Matuska truly enjoys fixing things, and often talks about helping someone in his large group of friends whenever the need arises. He volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program and also makes special visits to the homes of elderly individuals to fix broken furniture or appliances. And always with a smile and twinkle in his eye.
At 79, Matuska is very energetic and active, and when he is not volunteering, you can find him out on a golf course, windsurfing or downhill skiing. Matuska is truely an inspiration.