August 1, 2023 | Local News
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Lisa Davis (right), who is working with Catholic Charities to rebuild her home lost in the 2021 tornado, stands with Dale Haberlock, co-owner of Cozy Living and U-Haul in Princeton, Ky. Haberlock’s business has assisted Davis through her family’s tornado recovery journey. COURTESY OF STACEY MENSER 

Tornado survivors rebuilding their lives with help from Catholic business owners

BY CATHOLIC CHARITIES STAFF, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC

Dale and Pam Haberlock, members of St. Paul Parish in Princeton, Ky., immediately began serving friends and neighbors after the Dec. 10, 2021 tornadoes devastated their community. The couple was blessed to have their home and business spared, so they went to work finding ways to help those around them.

The Haberlocks own Cozy Living and U-Haul in Princeton. When they learned Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro was providing case management to tornado survivors across western Kentucky, the Haberlocks were one of the first local businesses to reach out and offer to help any way they could.

For the past year, the Haberlocks have worked with Catholic Charities case managers to ensure clients’ needs are met when it comes to furniture and moving/storage.

“Dale and Pam have been amazing,” said Stacey Menser, one of the Catholic Charities case managers serving in western Kentucky. “I could call them afterhours and tell them I needed a bed frame for a single mom, and they would make it happen. They also coordinated so many U-Haul rentals for my clients who were receiving furniture through St. Vincent De Paul’s House in a Box program.”

The Haberlocks continue to serve tornado survivors on the road to recovery, like William and Lisa Davis of Dawson Springs. The Davis family home was moved off its foundation in the tornado. The couple continued to live in the house as they made an appeal to their insurance company. Catholic Charities has stepped in to build a new home for the couple.

“But we have to tear down their old house, which means William and Lisa have to pack up everything they own and put it in storage,” said Menser.

After a phone call to Cozy Living and U-Haul, Lisa Davis was invited to stop by the store where Dale Haberlock loaded her car with moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and markers.

“I just appreciate it so much,” said Lisa Davis. “We appreciate everything you (Catholic Charities) are doing for us and bringing so many people together to help us.”

To learn how to help with the diocese’s ongoing tornado recovery, visit owensborodiocese.org/catholic-charities.

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