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Featured Client - Ralph Berets
Berets now lives in Arlington, Virginia, and his sister moved back to the Netherlands, never forgetting what the Van Roon did for them. “They were just doing what they thought was the right thing and they certainly saved our lives,” Berets said. Ralph spent the rest of the war hiding in a chicken coop near the German border. He was liberated by the Canadians in May 1945. He came to the U.S. in 1951 when he was twelve years old. Ralph graduated from the University of Michigan with a PhD in Comparative Literature in 1963 and became a professor of Literature and film at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1970. He was able to retire early, when he was 62, because he had been investing in the stock market from the age of fifteen. Every time he received a raise, he invested half the money in his retirement account. He also invested in his retirement account every month he was employed. The least he put in was $25 the most $250.
He has three children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, none of whom have yet adopted his philosophy of investing for their retirement every month.
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CHARITIES WE SUPPORT
Becoming Independent — also known as BI — helps people with developmental disabilities live meaningful and productive lives. We are a nonprofit community benefit organization serving Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties with a purpose of elevating human abilities for the mutual benefit of our Community.
Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center
The Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center (WDDC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit program, in the San Francisco Bay Area, empowering women and children to move from the streets to a home by providing ongoing and intensive counseling, case management services, daily support groups, a comprehensive children’s program, a variety of referral services, and a transitional housing program for four single parent families.