I was a stranger and you invited me in..."  -Matthew 25:35 NIV
Get your tickets now!!!

Haven't gotten your Summer Raffle ticket yet?
Come see us at the following locations:

Sept 9 - Fall Frenzy
Rhinelander

Sept 30 - Beef- A-Rama
Minocqua

Oct 7 & 8 - Cranberry Fest
Eagle River

or stop at Frederick Place
to get your tickets.
Drawing at Cranberry
Fest Oct 8 @ 2pm.


Happening Now
thru September 4th
Director's
Corner
by Tammy Modic
Fall is in the air, even though it isn’t officially fall on the calendar. That means it is time to put the 3rd Annual Harvest Hoedown on your calendar for September 30th. You say you haven’t heard of Harvest Hoedown and don’t know what it is all about? Well …

Harvest Hoedown is an old-fashioned, fun, harvest-themed event to benefit Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, Inc. (NATH)/Frederick Place and the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP).

The Woodpecker Bar and Grill will again host this family friendly event which will include: a pig roast, live music, line dancing, horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, balloon animals, face painting, henna tattoos, and more! Adding to the fun this year will be Pump Up the Party, LLC who will have a maze and bounce house on hand ($10 wristband for unlimited use all day), as well as Zumba, pumpkin bowling, and bite the apple.

Another great way to support these two organizations this year is to bring a non-perishable food item or personal essential item to help us “Fill a Truck.” This is an easy way to give to each of these great organizations.

What does it take to put on an event of this magnitude? It takes approximately 4 months of planning by a committee of over 10 people, as well as over 125 volunteer hours on the day of the event. Can you give up a couple hours of your day on September 30th? If the answer is, “Yes!” it is easy to volunteer. Just go to Sign Up Genius/Harvest Hoedown at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49afab2aa6fd0-harvest .

All proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the operations of the Food Pantry and NATH/Frederick Place. The food pantry is open for food pick-up on Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pantry has been open since 2005 and accepts donated items Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 627 Coon Street. For more information, call the pantry at (715)369-7237.
 
NATH/Frederick Place is a 16-bed homeless shelter serving five counties. The shelter provides safe housing and basic needs within an atmosphere of encouragement, respect, dignity, and hope, while nurturing and promoting self-sufficiency and independence. Donations can be dropped off at 204 W. Frederick Street at any time.

Don’t miss the third annual Harvest Hoedown to benefit the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and NATH/Frederick Place!


Thank you Birchfield Nurseries, Inc. for the continued support and care of our yard/lawn.

We truly appreciate your dedication and hardwork.
Save the Date
Soup for Shelter
HARVEST HOEDOWN
We need your help!!!

We are looking for donations for our Country Store, Basket Raffles and Bake Sale. If you would like to donate something please call 715-437-0602 for more information.
Please contact Jolene Kopplin at jolenekopplin@hotmail.com or JoAnne Lundberg at lundbug@newnorth.net if you have something you would like to donate for the country store for Harvest Hoedown
If you would like to donate a basket for our basket raffle please contact Bev Geske at 715-490-8848 or email her at bgeske22@gmail.com
If you would like to donate baked goods for our annual bake sale, please contact Lynda Lukowski at valynda@charter.net
Fill a truck for
Harvest Hoedown
Tribute Corner


In Loving Memory of

Nancy Laddusire
Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
*Allow me to introduce myself. I am the disease of your addiction. I am cunning, baffling, and powerful.

Russ was one of three elderly men I met at my first AA meeting in Rhinelander. He passed away on August 6 and was a gazillion years sober. Russ had come very close to dying several years ago during a period of depression resulting in failed suicide attempts. Thankfully he was around for many years and his story of recovery has been a monumental part of my life

A few weeks ago, one of our former residents was not so lucky. He did die from his disease. Alone and living with the four horsemen of terror, bewilderment, frustration, and despair every single day.

When I leave my home the last thing I see as I shut my back door is a beautiful Serenity Prayer wall hanging from the mothership of treatment centers; The Betty Ford Center. This was presented to me by two amazing individuals when they moved into their own homes. Both of them were recently hospitalized because they are losing their battle against their disease.

Since we opened our doors we have seen 21 individuals leave to move into their own place full of hope and a strong resolve to never drink a drop or use again. Not one them was able to stay sober for any length of time. A few of them drank the very day they left to move into their own place.

All of these individuals have something in common. They did not consistently go to AA or NA meetings, work steps, or believe in a power greater than themselves. Before I continue I must make it clear that what you are about to read is strictly my opinion and thoughts as a grateful member of AA.

Now, I said Russ died sober and he did. He was sober for many years when he decided he knew it all and didn’t need meetings. He entered the world of dry drunkenness complete with anger, depression, and hopelessness. As he put it, he was ready to “off” himself but went to the “looney bin” instead. After he was deemed sane, he began going to as many meetings as he could and became the man I met so long ago. His experience and my failed attempts at sobriety were all I needed to convince me that meetings mattered. The rest of them were aware of AA/NA meetings and working the steps, but for whatever reason chose not to do either. I won’t presume to know that I know why they made that choice. What I do know is that the disease of addiction is always there and waiting patiently to be invited back into one’s life.

*I hate all of you who have a twelve-step program. Your program, your meetings, and your higher power weaken me. I can't function in the manner I'm accustomed to.

Alcoholics and addicts need to be vigilant in order to keep their disease in remission. Some diabetics take insulin to keep their disease under control. Schizophrenics who hear voices take medication to make the voices stop talking to them. Alcoholics and addicts have meetings, steps, and faith in a higher power. It is not a tangible remedy, but it is one that has worked for millions of alcoholics and addicts.

If one doesn’t take steps to keep their disease in control, the addicted brain will tell an afflicted individual that they have been sober for so long and are doing so well that, “You don’t need any of that hokey AA stuff.” It will convince you that you have “licked” it using sheer willpower. After all they have been sober while living at Frederick Place. What their lying in wait disease fails to mention is that they have to remain sober to stay here, and it is a lot easier to abstain in a zero tolerance facility than it is when you are on your own. For those who state they don’t like meetings, I never force the issue because I hated having the issue forced on me. I share how meetings have changed my life and recommend going. If someone is an atheist or agnostic, I let them know, whether they are an alcoholic or an addict, that there is an entire chapter in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous on the subject and suggest they read it. If one is embarrassed or ashamed I tell them it takes more courage to ask for help than continue to struggle on their own.

I am fortunate to have experienced two types of recovery. The first being one without meetings, steps or faith in a Higher Power. For that I was rewarded with numerous relapses that eventually led me down a path of four years of drunkenness and waking up with the aforementioned four horsemen. My second recovery journey has consisted of meetings, steps, and faith in a Higher Power for which I’ve been rewarded with almost 11 years of continuous sobriety, peace, love, self-respect, self-esteem, strength, and so many more things I wouldn’t have if I picked up my old friend Bud E. Wiser and welcomed him into my life again.

I was a tad selfish when choosing the subject for this month. I needed a place to vent my anger and frustration toward my disease. I needed to process recent events and get my ego in check. I needed to be reminded through my own words that what I have done to stay sober does not necessarily mean it will work for others. Most importantly, I needed to share in this forum in hopes that my words may reach someone who is struggling as our departed resident did. By reading this you have allowed me that opportunity and I thank you.

*from the poem I Am Your Disease , author unknown
PARTNERS' CORNER
Thr Chelsea Chen Organ Concert that was held on August 4 at the Rhinelander UCC church raised over $2300.00 to donate to NATH. Marilyn Norden is seen here presenting Tammy Modic, Executive Director, a check for $2310.00.

Many thanks go out to all those who attended and to Eagle River UCC Church, as well as the Rhinelander UCC Church.

Ways you can become a NATH Partner and donate 


A New Way
to Donate
 
We’ve joined the Buzz Points network! Buzz Points has partnered with Ripco Credit Union or Park City Credit Union to give their cardholders a free rewards program.
 Here’s how it works:

Ripco Credit Union
or
Park City Credit Union

Cardholders earn points for every dollar they spend using their enrolled debit or credit card.
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.
If you debit or credit card is not registered go to  https://www.buzzpoints.com/
 Partner with NATH by
shopping FlipGive
and many more.
Shop and earn cash back. Do your everyday shopping with hundreds of great brands and earn cash back for your organization on every purchase! 
We earn even more when you share this program with your friends and family. When they shop, their purchases will earn us additional cash back.
Click on the link to start helping now.  www.flipgive.com/teams/87888-nath

Some of the sites that you can shop from thru this site are:

Walmart - Target - Disney Store - Under Armor - Nike - Toms - JCPenny Apple - Best Western - Bed Bath & Beyond - Schwans - Verizon  
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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What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at  smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as  Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly  one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to  smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to  smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
NATH Wish List
Meal Partners
for August
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
  • Human Service Center 
  • Erin Johnson & Family
  • Meg
  • Pastor John, and Rita, Bill & Joan Green Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church - Conover
  • Pine Grove
  • Ministry Health Care part of Acension
  • Nancy / St Kunegunda/St Theresa's
  • St Matthais Church
  • Orrin
  • Billie Jo
  • Rhinelander Café and Pub
  • The Table–St. Augustine Episcopal Church-Rhinelander
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran 
  • Church - Rhinelander
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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  allow the gas bill to be paid for 1 month which heats both the water and the house