Philanthropist Makes Large Contribution to Women's Shelter

May 28, 2013 7:50 PM

At almost 90 years of age, Dean Haug lives his life according to a simple rule: "I would rather die old and poor than rich and not have anything to do."

It was this guiding principle that led Haug to donate $250,000 to the Shasta Women's Refuge and Family Justice Center.

"Some time ago, I met a lady who had troubles with her husband and she didn't know what to do," said Haug.

Through this woman, Haug made a promise to the center, who provides victims of domestic abuse with emergency shelter and other resources.

“That was my introduction to them and made up my mind one day, I'll help them in some way," said Haug.

Haug's donation comes at the perfect time.

Officials from the Shasta Women's Refuge says that they recently lost major funding.

"Dean's donation has saved our children's program and gone a long way in helping us sustain its shelter and help victims of abuse so it's amazing,” said Associate Director Angela Jones.

Haug says his desire to help others comes from a night when he almost died serving in World War II.

"And that's when I decided that if the good lord would let me come home, I would spend my years and my money helping the poor people and that's what I've been doing," said Haug.

Even at his age, Haug still has more goals to achieve.

"I never could see why we never do something for the poor kids. If you have any understanding of the autistic children, you would know what I'm talking about. I would like to do something for them before it's all over with," said Haug.

In the past, Haug has also supported numerous other organizations including Mercy Medical Center, the Child Prevention Council, and disabled veterans groups.


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