Tevlin: Ex-pharmaceutical salesman gives up pay, finds real value in saving lives

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 10:35 PM

Jerry Fleischaker had made a career selling pharmaceuticals, then was lucky to have some good years in retirement before his wife of 52 years was struck with Alzheimer’s disease.

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sek2undrstndDec. 29, 1312:59 AM

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

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elle2008Dec. 29, 13 6:08 AM

Thank you Jerry and Jon. I have goosebumps now. Jerry you have made my year.

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Willy53Dec. 29, 13 6:40 AM

How about helping these folks use the health care system? With his background he could guide those that cared to maintenance health care or perhaps some to mental health care and access to medicine. Doing so would help their lives a great deal and save the system money in emergency room costs as well. I know, shelter is the first necessity, but health care is right behind. While many homeless are simply victims of bad financial luck or persistent poverty a lot of people are there because of a catastrophic or entrenched health problem.

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Izzy96Dec. 29, 1310:09 AM

As most of us discover, helping others is the most fulfilling work.

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MonicaNilssonDec. 29, 1310:43 AM

Yes, Willy53, part of the team’s work is to connect people to mainstream services, housing, jobs if able and enrolled in health care. A blanket or compassion may be the entry points.

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KOlsenJDDec. 29, 1311:08 AM

Thank you for such an uplifting column.

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BABloomDec. 29, 1311:24 AM

Our community is truly blessed by the work done by all the committed staff and volunteers at St Stephen's. You can support their work by donating at at http://ststephensmpls.org/donate

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JantanaDec. 30, 13 2:46 PM

Thank you Jon, for bringing the readers' attention to the struggles of our most vulnerable adults. My only wish is that this was the "most read" article. Thanks for your personal commitment all those many years ago, as a Big Brother. I would like to think that your experience then has helped to inform your writing today. I was the Social Worker for your match!

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