The John Volken Story

Westcoast German News - - European Movers & Shakers -

John Volken came to Canada in 1960 at the age of 18 and got his first job on a cau­li­flower farm. At age 71, he is still work­ing, although of­fi­cially re­tired. Volken is best rec­og­nized for win­ning En­tre­pre­neur of the Year for Canada’s Pa­cific Re­gion in 1995. This was for his success into chang­ing the “United Buy & Sell Ser­vice” into “United Fur­ni­ture Ware­house”, which grew into one of the largest re­tail fur­ni­ture chains in North Amer­ica. Volken was born in Pots­dam, a city that be­came part of com­mu­nist East Ger­many. His fa­ther was a med­i­cal doc­tor, who died near the end of the Sec­ond World War, when John was only 3 years old. In 2003, at the age of 62, John started to per­sue his new ca­reer as a so­cial en­tre­pre­neur by es­tab­lish­ing a the “The John Volken Foun­da­tion” with ap­prox­i­mately $100 mil­lion of his prof­its. The main web­site is http://www.john­volken­foun­da­tion. org. Volken es­tab­lished two fa­cil­i­ties, called “The Wel­come­Home Pro­gram,” one in Seat­tle, Washington and one in Van­cou­ver, BC. The Wel­come Home fa­cil­i­ties are long-term res­i­den­tial treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties for men who are de­ter­mined to over­come their drug or al­co­hol ad­di­tion. The cur­rent web­sie is http:// www.whre­cov­ A sec­ond char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion, funded by the John Volken Foun­da­tion is “Lift the Chil­dren”, which sup­ports des­ti­tute and needy or­phan­ages in Africa. They can be found at http:// www.lift­thechil­ John him­self took a trip to Africa to search for the “poor­est of the poor” and he found a way to help them. Volken does this be­cause of his Chris­tian be­liefs and the verse from Mathew: “Inas­much as you have done for the least of My brothers, you have done it unto Me.” Read­ers of West­coast Ger­man News are en­cour­aged to find out more in­for­ma­tion on the three web­sites or to get in­volved in the char­i­ties, if they feel that this is some­thing they want to do.

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