NEW UPDATE UPDATE: The clean-up being planned for this Sunday, Nov. 8th has BEEN CANCELED. Dr. Ehmann has sent word that he does not want anyone coming by his house this Sunday. Watch this blog for future details.
THE PENINSULA, CA. The people and resources that were mobilized to help elderly Point Loman Robert Ehmann now need help. And the help is needed immediately.
Ehmann is the 84-year old Orchard resident of Point Loma whose medical and physical conditions prohibit him from helping himself, and with no family or close friends nearby, he was the recipient of a much ballyhooed effort recently that came together to help. His house and home got a much-needed cleaning. He had a new mattress donated and other contributions were announced.
But now all of that is in doubt – or at least in danger of being undone. The former scientist and his house have so many needs – that now those who mobilized to help him now need help.
The organizers are totally overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done.
Electrician Jim Dent- who was the original big-hearted guy who could not walk away from a fire trap – had to “resign” from doing any more organizing to assist Ehmann. Dent plans to continue to perform big-time electrical work for Ehmann, however.
We are now calling on all area churches and synagogues, social organizations – like the Kiwanis and the Masons – and community clubs and associations – like town councils and chambers of commerce – to step up and provide assistance to Ehmann.
The individuals who have helped him up to now can no longer dig into their own meager resources.
Robert Ehmann needs help. Up until now, society, San Diego, Point Loma, his community – have all failed him – except for those who have helped him just recently.
He is/was a talented, extremely knowledgeable member of our society. A research scientist. As Robert – or as some call him – Dr. Bob – succumbed to his own age and limitations as he entered his sunset years, he stopped being able to care for himself or his house. This was all extremely evident to the twenty volunteers who mobilized last Saturday to clean up his house, who carted away all the old furniture, monitors and junk, who cleaned cupboards and drawers filled with rat feces, who swept floors covered by old, empty cat-food cans and more rat feces, who got sickened by the stench ….
No future clean-ups have been organized – even though a few people have offered to help. It is time for those groups who are geared up, who have the resources, to move into this vacuum, to provide the leadership for this moment.
Please, … respond to this appeal.