Longtime Chula Vista resident Mitchel Kotula is selling the house that he and his wife bought in 1962. That in itself is not much of a story, but the entire proceeds from the sale will be donated to support parochial education programs and it will benefit the Catholic Church of the Most Precious Blood in Chula Vista. Why? Mitch wants to give back to the Church that has been so important to him in his life and wants to help poor children who, like him, came from families struggling financially. Mitchel Kotula 96, was the son of extremely poor Polish and Ukrainian immigrants. His parents entered America through Ellis Island, NY in 1913 at a time when today's social programs did not exist. The family was so poor that Mitch only had one pair of pants that his mother washed each night to dry on the radiator for wear to school the next day. Every day he would walk the streets picking up bits of coal so that they could heat their house. Mitch attended school, was an excellent student and was active in the Catholic Church. Mitch went on to enlist in the US Navy and have a family of his own. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1964 after 27 years of active duty. And now after his wife of 67 years has passed, he is selling his home and going to use the proceeds to "help poor kids like me to get good religious education." Mitch regularly and quietly contributed to repairs of The Most Precious Blood Church which included the renovation of the Adoration Chapel and a large learning center. Mitch has established the Mitchel Kotula Charitable Foundation. The proceeds from the sale of the house will be used to support low income children with their Parochial educations as well as to support religious programs at the Catholic Church of the Most Precious Blood.
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