I was a stranger and you invited me in..." 
Matthew 25:35 NIV
CoVantage Credit Union presents
Harvest Hoedown

Come join the fun on September 22nd from noon to 6 pm at Woodpecker Bar and Grill, located on Hwy K just west of Rhinelander.

This year’s family fun activities include: horse drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, face painting, pumpkin painting, bite the apple, corn bin treasure hunt and Pump up the Party obstacle course and bounce house ($10.00 unlimited use wristband for both inflatables). Inside enjoy our famous bake sale, and country store. Outside sit and enjoy live music, join in Zumba and line dancing, all while waiting for the pig to roasted for a delicious dinner and much more. This family fun event benefits Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing / Frederick Place and the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.

This year join us by stopping at Rhinelander GM & Rhinelander Toyota for our: Harvest Hoedown Fill the Truck - help restock the shelves at both Frederick Place and Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. Bring a nonperishable food and/or a household item (such as toilet paper, facial tissues, laundry detergent, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, etc).

Items can also be dropped off at the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry or brought along to Harvest Hoedown.  Last year over 500 lbs of food and household goods were donated. We hope to double that this year.

Join us as we celebrate Fall in Northern Wisconsin. Hope to see you there.
Last Month to get your
tickets for this years
Summer Raffle
Make sure you stop and pick up your tickets for your chance at taking this beautiful little playhouse home or for your chance at other amazing prizes.

Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00.

You can find us at the Downtown Rhinelander Block Party on September 8th, at Beef-A-Rama in Minocqua on Sept 29th or at Cranberry Fest on Oct 6th & 7th. Drawing to be held October 7th at 2pm at Cranberry Fest.
Ride for the Homeless
On August 25th, we kicked off our 1st Annual Ride for the Homeless. We had 18 bikes join us for a beautiful ride through scenic Northern Wisconsin, stopping at Eagle Roasters in Eagle River, then on down to Hiles Headwaters Junction in Hiles, over to Elcho Clubhouse in Elcho, moving on to Barry and Sherry's Town and Country Bar and then back into Rhinelander with another stop at Rocky's Roadhouse and ending with a picnic and party at Woodpecker Bar & Grill. Lots of fun and a great time was had by all. We raised over $1500 with this event. Thank you to all those who participated and sponsored this event. We will see you all next year on August 24, 2019 for our next Ride for the Homeless.
Thank you to our Ride for the Homeless Event Sponsors
Bucketheads Sports Bar & Grill and The Woodpecker.
Thank you to our stops of this year's "Ride for the Homeless." We appreciate your dedication and support to ending/preventing homelessness in our area.
Thank you to our shirt sponsors of this year's
"Ride for the Homeless."
Please stop and support these local businesses throughout the year.
Barry & Sherry's Town & Country
Big Daddy's
Birchwood Rustic Bar and Lodge
Cross Country Bar & Grill
CT’s Deli
Denim & Leather Exchange, LLC
Elcho Clubhouse
Farmers Feed Store
Friendship House
Hiles Headwaters Junction
Hodag Honda
Jeff Musson, Architect LLC
Lund & Taylor Bridal Gallerie
Moondance Bar & Grill
Oneida County Tavern League
Pizza Vault
Precision Power Sports
R & T’s Dinky Diner
Rocky’s Roadhouse
Sammy Jr’s
Waldman Construction
E-cycle Event Report
Megan from Good News Project came up from Wausau to present Tammy Modic with a check from this years E-cycle Event that was held in June.

The check was for $4621.18, which was the money NATH - Frederick Place received from partnering with Good News Project for this event.

Good News & NATH are working to partner together again in 2019 to bring the E-cyle event back to Rhinelander. Watch for more information as the plans come together.
by Tammy Modic
Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity – the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.
The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

·          Author Unknown

We watch the residents come into Frederick Place often times feeling like the daughter in this story. They are tired of fighting and struggling for everything in life. They have been feeling like they have been living in a pot of boiling water for some time.

Often, they start their journey at Frederick Place reacting like the potato or the egg did to the adversity life has handed them. Those who take the “hand up” we give them and “run” with it usually change their adversity and create something new.

We all need to take a lesson from this story and strive to be the coffee beans.

Lambeau Field Workers Needed
Interested in going to Lambeau Field to help run a concession stand to benefit NATH - Frederick Place? We need volunteers to travel to Lambeau Field for home games, to work at concession stands. They are long days, lots of work, but worth getting a chance to see Lambeau Field.

If interested, please go to our website www.nathnorthwoods.com . In the upper right hand corner you will see the Sign Up Genius Logo for fundraising events. Click on that logo to see when the games are and when we need help. If you decide to help, Tammy Modic will contact you to have you do some readings and take a quiz about food and alcohol sales. Youth age 14 or older may help, if accompanied by an adult.

Dates Available:
September 9, September 16, September 30
October 15, November 11
December 2, December 9, December 30
and then of course, when we make the playoffs,
any home games that happen.
Partners Corner
         “ We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
As a member of the Frederick Place community, I am amazed by the spirit of generosity found in our Northern Community every single day. Whether it be churches, organizations, businesses or individuals, NATH - Frederick Place owes them a great deal of gratitude.

For the 2018 financial year, Frederick Place was granted a budget of roughly $280,000. Of that amount, $200,000 of it needs to be raised through fundraising efforts and private donations. It is not an exaggeration to say we could not do this without the support of the community.

One such organization that recently contributed was Seventh Day Adventist Church, with their generous donation of $1,000. The check was presented by Mary Perlberg to Anna Detienne on the steps of Frederick Place, as seen in the photo taken by Donna Peters.

As many of you already know, and for those who don’t, Frederick Place opened its doors in January of 2011. Since then it has provided shelter, food and comfort to over 600 men, women and children. I, for one, look forward to seeing what more this organization can do and I am humbled to be a part of it.

-Anna Detienne
Tammy Dye, representing NATH, accepted a check from the Knights of Columbus. They held a pancake breakfast with all proceeds coming to NATH - Frederick Place.
Elvis and Patsy Tribute Dinner/Show
Thank you to Garry and Elaine Wesley for coming and bringing their amazing talents to help NATH - Frederick Place. On Friday August 3rd, we gathered together at Hodag Banquet Center for a stroll down memory lane. Garry Wesley is a renowned tribute artist that carries on Elvis's memory, while his wife Elaine sings and brings us some of Patsy Cline's biggest hits. We would like to thank all who attended and Garry and Elaine for their amazing performances.
Tribute Corner

 In Loving Memory
Werner Zimmer
Harry Kroll

In Honor
Cal & Laurie Stoutz

We humbly say, "Rest in Peace," to our friend and fellow NATH board member Harry Kroll, who recently passed away.

Fly high Harry. You will be missed.
Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I yield this space this month to guest author Michelle Watz. Michelle and her family called Frederick Place home from December 27, 2016 to March of 2017. Michelle, her husband, and their three girls were model residents. They did all that was asked of them and more. The girls brought life and energy to the house and left a void when they departed. By far, my favorite memories of their time with us were the nights we gathered together to watch Family Feud and yelled our answers as if Steve Harvey could hear us. We may not have had the correct answers, but we sure had the most unique and funny answers! We often chatted about creating a “fake” family and going on the show. However, we would not have been a “fake” family, for in a way we were a family. I could go on and on so, without further ado, I will turn this over to my Family Feud sister.

There is a principle which is a bar to all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation
~Herbert Spencer

My Experience with a Homeless Shelter
By Michelle Watz

There are some misconceptions about homeless shelters and the people who need to use them. Many people claim that homeless shelters are unsafe and populated by society’s “undesirables.” You could be labeled as a “bad person” and your children could be taken away, splitting up your family. None of these things are true.

I know they are false, because my own family became homeless and found ourselves in dire need of help. When our home became unlivable and we had no savings to move, we found ourselves too embarrassed to ask our family or friends for help. We tried living in hotel rooms and our car. It became too expensive and stressful, so we sought help from the local shelter.

We were terrified. I didn’t want to lose my children. I didn’t want my children exposed to drugs or people who just got out of jail. I was worried about having no place to go during the day. The holidays were right around the corner, and we had no ideas if we could do anything with family, out of fear the kids might say something and create an uncomfortable situation. But the weather was turning cold, and we needed a warm place to sleep.

When we got to the shelter, they gave us a drug test, made copies of our identification, and explained the rules. The staff let us know that everything was going to be ok. They explained that everyone who came into the house needed to do a drug test because of a zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol. 1 They also ran a background check on us, because sex offenders and wanted criminals are strictly not allowed. 2 The rules were quite simple: actively try to improve your situation, be kind to the other residents and staff, and be home by 10 pm (unless you’re working).

The shelter helped us out a great deal. They gave my family more than just a place to sleep, eat, and bathe. We were given a room of our own with a lock on the door. Our essentials (like toiletries, towels, food, use of a phone and internet, access to a washer and dryer) were provided to help us save money. We were also given resources to search for housing and jobs. The staff were very supportive, kind and not the least bit judgmental. It took us a few days to let go of some of the stress, but when we did we were able to focus on solving our homelessness.

We were apprehensive about staying in a homeless shelter for fear of the attached stigma. We found out that other people at the shelter were in much the same situation as us. The staff not once kicked us out-in fact, they were always there to lend an ear and offer advice. Our safety was never in doubt as every door locked and every visitor was approved by the staff. We were encouraged to be with our children as often as possible which helped maintain the sense of family. Without having to worry about spending our money on the little things and having access to the resources of which we were unaware, we were able to save money and find a permanent home in a short period of time. Our experience in the homeless shelter was overall a positive one and not something to be embarrassed about.

I have just a few things to add that Michelle would not know about unless she worked at Frederick Place:

1 Our “zero-tolerance policy” after initial drug test and breathalyzer includes; alcohol consumption, failing a breathalyzer, failing a random drug test, possession of pornography, watching pornography online, weapons, theft, threatening behavior in any form, sexual harassment in any form, smoking (cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco) in the house, soliciting or purchasing medications from another resident, soliciting or purchasing urine to use in a drug test, contraband (alcohol, prescription medications, recreational drugs) on one’s person, in room or on the property.

2 Individuals not allowed entrance are those on a sex offender list and those who have been convicted of a violent crime (battery, strangulation/suffocation, domestic abuse, threatening physical harm, murder or attempted murder) within the last five years.

I hope you enjoyed Michelle’s telling of their experience in her own words. I know I truly appreciate Michelle’s willingness to write about an experience she considered shameful prior to coming to Frederick Place. Thanks Michelle!
Upcoming Events
Ways you can become a NATH Partner and donate 
Introducing the new Humble Partner Program
Pay Pal Giving Fund
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As a leading retailer of digital games and eBooks, Humble Bundle offers its customers the opportunity to support a charity with every purchase they make.
Using Humble Bundle’s existing Choose Your Own Charity feature during checkout, customers can choose to benefit your charity with any purchase they make on the  Humble Store  or selected  Bundles . To help raise even more funds for good causes, Humble Bundle are also introducing the Humble Partner program for charities .


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/

Thrivent Making a Difference
Are you a member of Thrivent?

Apply for your Thrivent action Team to assist NATH.

Go to Thrivent.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
Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month NATH and Frederick Place thank the following individuals and groups. 
Betty Jo
Carly Ratliff
Connie Lefave
First Congregational United Church of Christ - Rhinelander
Human Service Center
Pastor John - Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Erin Johnson & family
Rhinelander Café and Pub
Pine Grove Community Church
St Mathias
Jill Wojtusik
The Table – St. Augustine Episcopal Church - Rhinelander
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church – Rhinelander
Xylina Graf & family
Open Meal Dates