I was a stranger and you invited me in..." 
Matthew 25:35 NIV
It's Packer Party Time
NATH Summer Raffle
Get your tickets at the following locations all summer long:

DRI Block Party and Chalk Fest - Rhinelander - September 7
Beef-A-Rama - Minocqua - September 28
Cranberry Fest - Eagle River - October 5-6
NATH Board Members
Frederick Place
Director Corner
by Tammy Modic
Partners for life making a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness

Ali Shoeder and Scott Borths have been doing a meal a month at Frederick Place for some time now but this month they were not able to do the meal because the got married. For their wedding they asked their wedding guests to make a donation to NATH - Frederick Place in lieu of giving them gifts. We received $1,100 worth of donation as a Tribute to Ali and Scott.

When we contacted them to see if they minded if we shared their story with our NATH - Frederick Place partners they had this to say. “We really don’t need any recognition for this. We simply wanted to do it because we feel that you guys do an incredible job with NATH - Frederick Place and we just want to support it however we can, even if that’s just with a monthly meal! We’re just so glad that we can help in any way, but truly, thank you, and everyone there, for all that you guys do! You deserve the appreciation far more than we do!”

I shared Ali & Scott's story on our Facebook page and to date an additional $150 has been donated and many new partners have been created by their story. Some of the comments on Facebook include"

" Congratulations! What a great and inspirational way to celebrate your big day."
"Wow that is wonderful the greatest gift for so many people in need. Congratulations Ali and Scott, Thank you"

Thank you Ali & Scott for your continued partnership with NATH - Frederick Place and we wish you the best!
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Board of Directors Corner
Julia Henry
Board Director

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?   

37 years

How long with NATH – Frederick Place? 

From the very beginning

What made you decide to get involved with NATH – Frederick Place? 

Fr. John and I had a discussion and he convinced me to participate in this project.  
What committees are you involved with? 

I have chaired or co-chaired the Facility committee since day one. I also have been involved with the Fundraising Committee.

What is your favorite memory while you have been involved with NATH – Frederick Place? 

 My absolute favorite memory is how from the very beginning the different Rhinelander businesses, organization, and our community came out and supported us either financially or through volunteering their talents while we renovated an old 1898 house into what we all call Frederick Place today.
John Kuziej
Board Director

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?

I have lived in northern Wisconsin for 11 years; lived 15 years in the U.P. of Michigan

How long with NATH – Frederick Place?

I have been involved with Frederick Place ever since I heard about its start up in 2011. I donated to fund raisers but took a special interest in providing evening meals once a month--been making meals for six years. As pastor, confirmation classes and youth groups have also been involved with preparing evening meals. The church I served was awarded a $600 grant from Synod which was used to finance meal preparations with youth involvement.

What made you decide to get involved with NATH – Frederick Place?

My wife Jeannette died in early 2017 but she was very interested in helping the homeless and was very involved with participating with preparing evening meals.  .

What committees are you involved with?

It is difficult for me to be involved in committees because of my schedule; I have served on the board and I am impressed by the quality and dedication of the NATH leadership.

What is your favorite memory while you have been involved with NATH – Frederick Place?

My favorite memories involve sharing meals with residents at Frederick Place. Although I have never "pushed" religion, I have been humbled many times when residents would ask me to say grace before meals.
Tribute Corner

In Honor of

Ali Shoeder & Scott Borths

Ride for the Homeless
Thank you to all those who participated in our 2nd annual Ride for the Homeless, that was held on August 24th. A special Thank you to Woodpecker Bar & Grill being the title sponsor and for hosting us once again.

This year was a great success. We continue to grow and appreciate all who came out to participate. We are appreciative of the Hodag 4 Wheelers for putting the ATV/UTV trails together for us. The Ride could not have been a success if it wasn't for the stops that we frequented on both of the routes.

The fourteen motorcycles and four passengers took off from The Woodpecker Bar & Grill and stopped at Barry & Sharry's Town and Country, Elcho Clubhouse, Hiles Headwaters Junction, Bull Pen and Shamrock Bar & Grill. The nineteen ATV/UTV's and an additional fifteen passengers met at Bowman's Landing and headed in two directions stopping at the Enterprise Campground, Boiling Springs, Fisher's Bar and Barry & Sharry's Town and Country. All locations were great hosts.

This year we had thirty-two T-shirt sponsors who were listed on the back of our event T-shirts and were featured on our Frederick Place Facebook Page. Their partnership in this event definitely helped make it a success. If you are your business would like to be a T-
Shirt sponsor of the 2020 Ride for Homeless please contact Tammy Dye at 715-437-0602.

We look forward to what the 2020 Ride for the Homeless will bring.
Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success;
they often succeed through failures.
~Author Unknown

Since we opened our doors, 59 adults have called Frederick Place home not once but twice. Eight adults have returned hoping the third time will be the charm. The reasons people return vary. Most walk out our door feeling like they succeeded. They found the job, the home, the life they had always wanted. Unfortunately, there it is that thing called life that throws curve balls in the form of relapse, job loss, eviction, divorce, legal trouble, poor money management, and a multitude of individualized reasons. They inquire again, many filled with shame, in hopes they may return. Some are told they cannot return to Frederick Place because they haven’t been gone a year.  When someone has been gone a year they often end up with goals and rules that we have designed just for them. We have had residents who have completely trashed their room. Those individuals have frequent room checks and understand that a can of soda or a mere potato chip in their room/dorm area is grounds for dismissal. The alcoholic or addict who relapsed and had their stay terminated may receive frequent and random breathalyzers and drug tests, belongings searched at any time, and room searches. Those who were asked to leave for multiple rule violations or for being disrespectful know that one incident of disrespect will send them packing. We have begun discussing return requests as a group and to be honest, there are residents not one of us wants to return. However, it isn’t about us. It isn’t about what they did to us or the home we treasure as if it was our own, it is about what we did for them while they were here the first or second and even third time. I am blessed to have had to return to treatment not once or twice but six times. If I had been denied treatment in Ashland in 2006, I can guarantee I would not be writing to all of you right now. They could have told me I could not return because I relapsed after they had spent so much time and energy trying to help me, but they did not. Don’t get me wrong, there are infractions that allow one to be denied entry into treatment, but they are not denied because they didn’t manage to stay sober. Following that mindset makes it easier to agree to allow one back a second time. If they repeat the behavior that caused their exit from Frederick Place the first or second time, there is not a guarantee they can return a third time. They first must write a pretty convincing “petition to return” letter to Fearless Leader. After the letter has arrived, a decision is made with everyone’s input. We are in the business of giving a hand up, so it is rare we say no.

Now having explained all that, I have to go further down the road and let you know that there is always an exception to our rules. In this case that exception has a name, and his name is Ed Cover. Ed was with us three times, and not once was he given conditions or special rules upon return. He did have to petition Fearless Leader in order to come back a third time, but if I remember right, it was simply the question, “Can Ed Cover return a third time?” He had been a model resident the first two times so giving him a third chance was an easy decision.

The first time I met Ed was in June of 2012. He walked up to me and said, “Hi, my name is Ed, and this is my imaginary friend Duh.” Huh? I warily shook his hand and introduced myself. Within minutes he decided his imaginary friend’s name was Freddy. Alrighty then. My concerns about Ed’s sanity evaporated the more I talked to him. Ed had graduated from Koinonia and tried staying with friends but felt his sobriety was threatened. Ed stayed with us for 39 days before moving into his own place. He inquired a second time in December of 2013. He had been sober for 18 months and had been doing so well he thought he was strong enough he could move in with his significant other. Unfortunately, she continued to use, and Ed felt he was on the edge of a relapse. It was obvious that Ed’s decision had not been an easy one. The twinkle was out of his eyes and his sense of humor was almost nonexistent. Fourteen days after he arrived, he received a call from his in-laws. They had asked him to return to the home to care for the kids because their mother was in the hospital. Ed is one of the most codependent people I know, so I was not at all surprised to learn he transitioned from a self-preservation role to a rescuer role. Fast forward to 2018. Ed had a significant relapse and inquired for a third time while he was in the hospital. Prior to the hospital he had been in jail. Ed had a significant amount of emotional baggage he packed and brought to Frederick Place. He felt guilty, sad, and ashamed. Ed felt his drug use had influenced the people in his life who were trapped in the seemingly endless cycle of sobriety and relapse also. What did he use? In Ed’s words he “was a garbage can but preferred coke, meth and heroin. I did whatever I could to not have to deal with my underlying issues. If I could escape reality I did.”

Ed did very well the third time he called Frederick Place home. He got back on his meds, stayed sober and quickly got a job close to the town where his daughter lived. He continued to stress about his significant other but did his best to take off his crown of codependency and put himself first. Ed finally realized he could not make her quit using; she had to do that on her own. He vowed to support her if and when she was clean but not if she was using. Yet another extremely difficult decision for Ed.

With high hopes Ed took a leap of faith and left us on September 19, 2018. Ed was no longer his own worst enemy that left him shackled and drawn to the badlands of his past. Better days soon arrived, and he began pondering what livin’ in the future would be like. Ed began working on a dream and will soon be a recovery coach. He begins classes to become a substance abuse counselor in the spring. Ed’s significant other has also since seen the light of day and is no longer on rocky ground. They have both been in recovery for a year and plan to marry soon. Together they have started new meetings and spoken in front of a large crowd in Green Bay. They are living proof that it is possible to breakaway the chains of addiction and move towards the promised land.

Ed and I walked the same path for a total of 74 days, yet I feel like I’ve known him all my life. It is safe to say that anyone who meets Ed with never forget him.  He’s funny as hell, caring, insightful and loyal, and almost as handsome as Bruce Springsteen. There is a quality about him that I just can’t put into words. He’s just got it. I do know that sometimes something comes along, and you know it's for sure the only one. Yes indeed, the mold was broken the day Ed was born.

Congrats to you on your sobriety and upcoming marriage, my friend. Thank you for continuing to be a part of my life.

P.S. I honored Ed’s love of Springsteen by interspersing Bruce references throughout this writing. I KNOW Ed will find them all. Can you? 

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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Wish List
Meal Providers
Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month the staff and residents thank the following individuals and groups.  
Ali Shoeder
Barb Guy/St Matthias Church
Carrie Ratty
Briar House
First Congregational UCC - Rhinelander
Human Service Center
Raquel Siewart
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Kathy Winkler/Pine Grove Church
Monica Moran
Nancy Thorn
Pastor John Kuziej
Pioneer Lake Lutheran Confirmation
Rhinelander Café and Pub
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Rhinelander
Xylina Graf & family
Meals Needed
Ever ask how you can help? Become a meal provider for the residents of Frederick Place. There are multiple ways that this can happen.

  1. You can make the meal at home, or pick up something from a local eatery and deliver it to Frederick Place.
  2. You can drop off ingredients for a meal and either staff or residents can cook the meal for the evening meal.
  3. You can bring the ingredients and cook the meal at Frederick Place and then stay and eat dinner with them.

We will call you the week prior to let you know how many residents we currently have at the house and if there are any known allergies. You will normally be cooking for approximately 16 residents and 1 staff member. You can make whatever you would like to make, we ask that you also bring a gallon of milk for dinner as well.
We have changed the way we are having people sign up and will begin to utilize Sign Up Genius for this volunteer endeavor as well. You will find the calendar below, marked with symbols that represent days that need meals. Sign Up Genius with the most updated calendar. If you would like to help out, click on the button below and find a date that will work for you and sign up to bring a meal. It is a way to bless many with one simple act of kindness.