I was a stranger and you invited me in..."  -Matthew 25:35 NIV
Director's Corner
by Tammy Modic

Do we make a difference?

People often ask me, “How do I know we make a difference?”  One of the ways I know we make a difference is when former residents “give back.”  Here are just a few of the many examples of how residents have given back to Frederick Place:

  • Brought us a new vacuum cleaner

  • Have given us plants monthly

  • Came back to Frederick Place to prepare a meal for the residents

  • Brought flowers to brighten up the staff office

  • Donated $200 worth of food

  • Dropped off donuts for the residents and staff

  • Provided website support

  • Refinished the gathering room table

  • Volunteered at Frederick Place

  • Volunteered at fundraising events

  • Volunteered when NATH does “ The Table” at St Augustine

  • Made a meal for their fellow residents with their funding

  • Came back and became a staff member

  • Purchased raffle tickets

  • Purchased food from our brat sales

  • Donated hand crafted items to display at Frederick Place

  • Donated hand-crafted items for fundraising

  • Donated furniture for future residents

  • Donated clothing for future residents

  • Refinished the brick work for our garden area

  • Helped with major yard work

  • Helped haul items for rummage sale


Some of these acts happened during their stay at Frederick Place, but most of them happened after they left the house.  It is often hard for adults to find ways to say “thank you” with words, but for me a thank you means much more when shown with their actions.

Making a difference in the lives of those who have called Frederick Place home is thanks to all my staff, board members, volunteers, and everyone who supports us in any way.  Thank you!



Rhinelander Brat Sale
A huge "Thank You" going out to all those who stopped down at Trig's for our annual brat sale this past week. This was our best year yet. Thank you for all the amazing support.

A special thank you goes out to the businesses that supported us with delivery orders: Print Pack, Ripco Credit Union, ABX, Superior Diesel, Diel Insurance, CLC, Co Vantage Credit Union, Northwoods Auto Tech, Rhinelander Police Department, and Oneida County Sheriff's Department.


Also "Thank You" to all the volunteers (including the young lad that stopped and asked to help) that helped us with the brat sale and raffle sales this past week as well.


CALLING ALL BAKERS
UPCOMING EVENTS

Chelsea Chen
Organ Concert
 
Friday, August 4th at 7:00 pm


FREE ADMISSION
Donations accepted to benefit NATH

1st Congregation UCC - Rhinelander
133 East Larch St
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Happening Now thru September 4th
Join us in this brand new fundraiser.

Do you order from Schwan's or know someone who does, not just around here but anywhere in the country?  Well here is an easy way for everyone to help us in our fight to end and prevent homelessness. Click the link above to place your order and then make sure to put in the specific code 33449 for NATH to earn 20% on all orders thru September 4th, and then 5% thru December 4th. Buy eGift cards to use for Christmas gifts or any other occasion and NATH earns 40% on the eGift Cards.
Get your tickets for this year's Summer Raffle.
We will be at:
Redikulus Dae - August 2
 Rhinelander Farmers' Market - August 12
Krazy Dae -  August 9 - Minocqua,
Oneida County Fair August 3 & 6,
Paul Buynan Days - August 16 - Eagle River,
Pig in the Pines - August 4 & 5 - St Germain
Brat sales  
Save More Foods - Minocqua - August 3 & 4
Copps -Antigo - August 17 & 18
See a NATH board member for additional information
HARVEST HOEDOWN
We need your help!!!

We are looking for donations for our Country Store and Basket Raffle. If you would like to donate something please call 715-437-0602 for more information.
NATH Brat Sales  
Coming this summer
 
BRAT SALES


August 3 & 4 - Minocqua Save More Foods

August 17 & 18 - Antigo Copp's



SOMETHING
TO 
THINK ABOUT
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured below) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food - NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. "We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek." The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him. He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

'The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame. He then said, "Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?"

He then dismissed service until next week.

Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It's something you live by and share with others.

Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny

This month I’m subjecting you to an article of the educational variety centered on housing assistance. Yeah, it is kind of boring and really not my style, but I do feel this aspect of our residents’ struggles deserves explanation and attention.


In today’s society there seems to be a common misconception that one who is homeless has zero income.  At Frederick Place, a fair amount of our residents have jobs upon entrance. Those who are not employed do not find it too difficult to find a job if they are willing to do any kind of work. We also have residents who receive social security disability insurance payments every month. Unfortunately, the amount of their income source is often not enough to find affordable housing.  Thankfully, in many Wisconsin counties, help is available through NEWCAP. This entity is a private non-profit Community Action Agency whose mission is to look for and help eliminate the causes of poverty that keep people from being independent and self-sufficient. The NEWCAP program we most often see is the “Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program.” This program provides on-going rent assistance paid directly to the property owner to cover the difference between fair market rents and what the tenant can afford to pay. The hope is that during this period of housing assistance, the tenant will be able to better their circumstances so assistance is no longer needed.  What follows is an explanation of the process a resident goes through to receive help from NEWCAP.


When a resident arrives, they are told they need to make an appointment for a phone interview with an employee of NEWCAP to determine eligibility. To be eligible they have to have an income, and that income must be at or below 50% of the county median income. I could throw those numbers at you but suffice it to say if they are living at Frederick Place, their income is not high enough to affect their eligibility. What does prevent them from being eligible is a history of drug related criminal activity or violent criminal behavior. If they are eligible, they are placed on a priority list and receive an application. Once the application is complete we fax it and wait for the magical letter informing them they have an appointment with a NEWCAP representative.  How long it takes for the arrival of this letter varies. I’ve seen a resident receive one within days, and I’ve seen it arrive when a resident has begun to envision themselves out on the street and sleeping in a laundromat that is open all night.


After receiving their letter our residents impatiently wait for the appointment at which they will receive their housing coupon and review program requirements. The value of their housing coupon is determined HUD’s (Housing and Urban Development) Fair Market Rent Documentation System, which involves a formula that makes as much sense to me as freshman algebra did. The 2017 fair market value for a one bedroom apartment and utilities is $582.00 - which sounds like easy money.  However, the journey is not at all easy, and this assistance is available for a maximum of 12 months.


Once a resident has found a place and a landlord willing to rent to them, they complete the landlord’s application and notify NEWCAP. At this point some hit the wall as a result of a poor rental history or no rental history at all. The landlord cannot be blamed for declining to rent to someone whose past came back to haunt them, nor are they obligated to take a risk on someone who has never paid rent.  After all, it is their property and they need to protect their investment. If a property owner decides to take a leap of faith and rent to a Frederick Place resident, the future landlord submits a form entitled “Request for Tenancy Approval” to NEWCAP. Once this form is received, a decision is made as to whether the unit is affordable and reasonable. If the unit is deemed to be affordable a HQS (Housing Quality Standards) inspection is completed to assure the resident’s future home is safe, decent, and sanitary. If the unit does not pass, the owner must make the necessary repairs or changes before entering a lease contract. The lease must be for at least six months with a possible six month extension. At the end of this time period the lease can be renewed unless the owner terminates for good cause, the tenant relocates, or the tenant/landlord agree to mutually break the lease. After the lease is signed and all loose ends are tied up, the resident is on to better days. For many, the prospect of having a place to call their own has been a long time coming, and they have minimal household items. Thanks to the generosity of donors and businesses, I am often able to put together a “care package” that includes kitchen items, new bathroom towels, cleaning products, and consumable items.


It is difficult to convey the emotions involved during this process for residents and staff alike. There is nothing better than being greeted by a resident who received their magical letter. On the flip side it is hard to watch a resident become discouraged. When that happens, I channel my “inner Springsteen,” and tell them to believe in hope, believe in the faith that can save them, and keep pushing until these badlands start treating them good. Nine times out of ten they do just that, and before they know it they have entered their land of hope and dreams.

 
PARTNER'S CORNER
 



Rhonda Buss presented a check for $980.75 to Tammy Modic, Executive Director of NATH on behalf of Faith Lutheran Church of Three Lakes and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Eagle River.
On May 12, they hosted a Friday night fish fry at the Oneida Village Inn in Three lakes, with proceeds coming to NATH.
Allie Johnson, student council advisor for Rhinelander High School student council, presented NATH, (Tammy Dye accepting on behalf of NATH) with $140.50 from a end of year activity put on by the student council. Rhinelander High School students could put in money to take a swing at smashing an old car during the last week of school.
Ways you can become a NATH Partner and donate 


A New Way
to Donate
 

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Ripco Credit Union

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When enough points are accrued, they can be redeemed for rewards to local or national                businesses. Points can also be redeemed as a monetary donation to local charities on the Buzz Point network.

If you’re a cardholder of either establishment, it’s now easier than ever to donate to a local cause. When your ready to redeem your points, our organization will be listed in the Buzz Points online and mobile Rewards Directory. Please consider donating in this manner to NATH.

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Thrivent Making a Difference
Are you a member of Thrivent?

Apply for your Thrivent action Team to assist NATH.

Go to Thrievent.com/action team to get started. Here are some questions you may see when applying. What is the need you and your volunteer team want to tackle? How will your volunteer team spread generosity in your community? When will your project take place? How will you use your $250 seed money to make a bigger impact?

Once you submit your application, it’s typically review within a few days. When you project is approved, you will get to customize a hand packed Thrivent action kit based on what your team needs, including promotional banner, Live Generously T-shirts, step by step guides, invitations, thank you notes and a $250 Community Impact Card to use as seed money to get your project off the ground.

Some of the ways you could help NATH/Frederick Place, would be as a sponsor for Summer Raffle, Anniversary Benefit, Harvest Hoedown, Soup for Shelters, Golf Scramble or by preparing a meal or two for the house residents.  Any contributions are greatly appreciated.

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NATH Wish List
Meal Partners
for July
Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month NATH and Frederick Place thank the following groups.   
 
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ - Rhinelander
  • Church of Christ–Hope Center
  • Dennis O'Brien
  • Human Service Center 
  • Erin Johnson & Family
  • Eileen Swierczynski
  • Kris Rau
  • HoneyRock 
  • Pastor John, and Rita, Bill & Joan Green Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church - Conover
  • Pat / Montosorri School
  • Pine Grove Church
  • Ponsse
  • Ministry Health Care part of Acension
  • Nancy / St Kunegunda/St Theresa's
  • Rhinelander Café and Pub
  • The Table–St. Augustine Episcopal Church-Rhinelander
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran 
    Church - Rhinelander
  • St Mark Lutheran Church
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Open Meal Dates
Be a Partner of NATH
1000 give a $100
Pledge NOW!
Join us to fill the house above.  Each brick represents 10 partners that have pledged $100 a year for the next 3 years. Our goal is to reach 1000 partners. Watch each month as the bricks are added and the different ways that your $100 can make a difference at NATH.

If you would like to partner with NATH please fill out the pledge card below and drop it off at Frederick Place or mail it to NATH PO box 913, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

Your $100 will  Cover the cost of 1 resident for 2.3 nights at $43.25 per night to stay at Frederick Place.
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