$10K donation made in veteran's honor at Pirate Springs

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 9/11/19

A Chattanooga woman recently honored her late husband with a $10,000 gift to Pirate Springs, a women’s recovery home in Benton. Founded in 2015, Pirate Springs is a nonprofit focused on …

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$10K donation made in veteran's honor at Pirate Springs

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A Chattanooga woman recently honored her late husband with a $10,000 gift to Pirate Springs, a women’s recovery home in Benton. 

Founded in 2015, Pirate Springs is a nonprofit focused on helping individuals by offering employment and shelter, operating a halfway house and two long term recovery houses.

The organization is dedicated to helping individuals recovering from addiction, alcoholism or abuse, and believes “the life of another, any other, is of supreme value and worth saving,” according to CEO Paul Hook. 

Hook and his wife Julie, who co-own and operate Pirate Springs, met Angela and Jason Didicher at an AA meeting over a year ago.

Didicher said she and her husband were in recovery together when they learned about the Hooks’ organization. 

“Jason always pushed me to be better, to be selfless and think and be there for others,” she said. 

The couple started volunteering for the women’s home. They brought them gifts on holidays, helped take them to church on Sunday and took time to enjoy their company. 

“Jason grew up in foster care, so I think he knew what it meant to belong somewhere,” she said. “I think he felt like these people were his family.” 

Jason passed away in November 2018.  Angela said the 10 months he’s been gone have been difficult. 

Erik Morse, board president of Veterans United Foundation, and Angela Didicher, recently presented Pirate Springs with a $10,000 gift in memory of Jason. Angela said she made the gift for her husband, “because Jason loved this place and all it stands for, and because I believe in your mission,” she told Hook. 

When they presented Hook with the check, she said it was like Jason was in the room. 

“He cared so much for that place, you know? It’s like he was there,” she said. 

Hook said the donation “is huge.” 

“We usually go into each month knowing we’re going to be about a couple thousand short, so getting this money means a lot to us,” he said. 

Hook shared they plan to use the money to pay medical and dental bills for clients, support healthy activities as well as hire someone to assist in the transportation of clients as well. 

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