I was a stranger and you invited me in..." 
Matthew 25:35 NIV
September Events
Tribute Corner

Make a donation in memory or honor of a friends, family member or pet and we will let them know you made a donation on their behalf. They will also be listed in this newsletter.
Friends of NATH

Ray Knapstein

1.How did you get involed with NATH?

I  first got involved with NATH when Bill Miller asked if he could talk to the Knights of Columbus in Woodruff about a project Frederick House for the Homeless and how he envisioned how it would come to be.

2.What made you choose NATH?

I was Grand Knight and Bill got me excited about it and I don't know how we did it but our Council agreed to give $1,000 a year for 5 years. I had a great admiration for Bill & Carol and told him when they were ready for anything at NATH; I would help him with it and they took it to heart.
3.How long have you been involved with NATH?

 I have lived in Woodruff, my whole life and been part of our family business Woodruff Appiance & TV and more recently Tomahawk Appliance & Home for going on 46 years and have been married to Cathy for 40 years, have 2 children who are both married and 4 Grandchildren  aged from 7 years of age to 12 years old.
4.What is your favorite memory with NATH? 

I have 3 main charities and I guess it all stems from my years of being a Knight and they are Fredrick House, New Dawn Pregnancy Center and Special Olympics. I always enjoy the Banquets, recently Golf and the one time I went on the the Brewer bus and all the events Tammy and I have worked on but the time I went down with my Mother, Cathy and myself and Bill gave me the tour was the most memorable time I had with NATH. To watch everyone there and see  how excited they were; made me feel that I was a small part of of a great organization and a great cause.

Partner Corner

The Rhinelander Cafe & Pub will donate 20% of the sale to a nonprofit organization! Don't forget to tell them you would like your percentage of the sale to go to NATH - Frederick Place. Their goal for 2020 is to raise a total amount of $20,000.00 to donate to nonprofit organizations!

Thank You
Rhinelander Cafe & Pub.
Executive Director Corner
Tammy Modic
What a whirlwind that past 6 weeks or so have been. We were able to complete four fundraising events in 6 weeks that would normally have been spaced out over four months.

The Bill Miller Memorial Golf Scramble started off this whirlwind in the middle of July showing us just how supportive our community continues to be during these uncertain times. Then came the introduction of Boats N Boards and the continued partnership with Shoeder's RV & Marine. This first year event had 101 participants who all enjoyed the day on Boom Lake visiting the establishments along the way. Next came the partnership with Good News Project and CharterNEX for our third E-Cycle event. Some of the numerous participants in the event waited in line on Highway 8 east of Rhinelander for upwards of two and a half hours. There are no words to say to thank all of you who made this event such a success. We filled three semi trailers full of items that will stay out of the landfills and supported two non-profit organization. Lastly we just completed our third Ride for the Homeless event. We had close to 40 ATV's, UTV's and motorcycle riding around the northwoods supporting those experiencing homelessness. These vehicles held around seventy men, women and children from all over the state who helped us raise close to $3,000.

The rest of the year for fundraising 't look at all like it did in years past. We will be able to have a booth at the Hodag Farmer's Market selling some of our items later in September but will have to be making some tough decisions on how and or if we can hold our annual Soup for Shelter events in Eagle River, Rhinelander and Woodruff. Watch for updates on these events as they unfold as well as an online auction that we are looking to do in October and beyond.

Thank you to all who helped us through the whirlwind of the past six weeks and 2020.
Past Events
Thank you to the establishments who helped us with this event by being a Ride for the Homeless Stop:

Fisher's Bar
Boiling Springs
Nut-Zee's Bar & Restaurant
Elcho Club House Bar
CT's Deli
American Legion - Three Lakes
Heart II
Sattler's Landing
Woodpecker Bar & Grill

A special thanks to Nikki & Brian at Woodpecker Bar & Grill for their donation of all the food for the event that day.

See you all in August 2021
Faces of NATH
By Susan Statezny

Symbiosis - A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.
It should come as no surprise that community living is often the birthplace of many relationships. It makes complete sense that a bond forms when people from all walks of life find themselves in a similar situation. We have watched friendships evolve to the point one would think they had known each other since childhood. New romantic relationships crop up and established relationships end. Children have adopted others as a surrogate parent, and parents have entrusted the care of their child to another resident as if they were related. During the COVID crisis, we witnessed the beginning of the most likely friendship I believe we have ever seen during our almost ten-year history.


When Keli arrived, she was 20 years old and less than two weeks away from giving birth. She was HUGE. Her due date came and went with no early signs of labor. Keli was induced seven days after her due date, and Grace was born later that day. Grace was a whopping 9 lbs. 7 ounces and 20 inches long. She had the most squeezable baby cheeks I have ever seen - the definition of a Gerber baby! Keli was a typical new mom, not sure if what she was doing was the right or wrong thing but settled into motherhood within days. Grace was a happy baby from the day she came home. Her first weeks consisted of sleeping and eating as expected. At this point Keli was not ready to let just anyone hold Grace, but she eventually relaxed, and I grew to expect my nightly baby time. My arms ached with emptiness if I did not get baby time. While recovering from Grace’s uterine escape, Keli began looking for a job to support herself and her newborn daughter. With so many businesses closed due to COVID, this was not an easy task. Eventually her persistence paid off, and she was hired by one of the local fast food joints. At the time I did not realize this was the first job Keli had ever had. Keli was scheduled to begin working two weeks before she was medically cleared to work, but she felt she could not pass up this opportunity. There was just one glitch, and it was a big one. Day cares were closed due to COVID, and Keli did not have family in the immediate area to help her out. She was not going to just trust anyone with Grace. It turned out that what she needed had been right in front of her all along.


If Matt and I had exchanged more than 250 words in the 126 days, he was here I would be shocked.  Matt is a very private man who often communicates non-verbally. He is also a creature of habit who rarely strays from his daily regimen, so the nods, grunts and his presence at the office door became our daily routine. Because Matt guards his privacy diligently, I have to admit I don’t know a whole lot about Matt besides his age, his history of drug addiction and the crimes he committed to feed his addiction. I also know his favorite place to sit on the couch. I did not need to know much about Matt, but someone else sure did.

Keli and Matt

Prior to the arrival of Grace, Matt and Keli did not interact a whole lot which was not surprising. He was a Gen X and Keli a Gen Z. He was old enough to be her dad and Grace’s grandpa. What could they possibly have in common? Not a heck of a lot. What they did have in common was the fact they arrived within one day of each other, and both had a history of drug addiction. These two commonalities are often enough to create a bond between two people who never would have otherwise met. Whatever the reason, Matt began letting Keli in bit by bit. They ate together, went shopping together, and could often be found in the backyard having lengthy conversations if nobody else was around. Matt and Grace also formed a bond. Matt would often take care of Grace if Keli needed to run an errand, take a shower, or just get a few minutes of desperately needed alone time. When it came time for Keli to start her new job, Keli had not yet found someone to watch Grace. Matt volunteered to hang with the Grace of Spades until something else came along. Well, no other daycare options came along, so Matt suddenly had a full-time job just like Keli. It did come as somewhat of a surprise when they began looking for a place to live together. Their relationship was in no way romantic or a father/daughter thing. They were two people, one in need of daycare and one in need of a place to live and a purpose, and to them a symbiotic relationship just made sense. It took a bit to find a place because Keli had no rental history and Matt had a poor rental history. From a landlord’s perspective, taking them on as tenants was risky, but someone finally gave them the chance they needed. They moved into a two-bedroom apartment last July.

The relationship history of Frederick Place has not been a good one. People stay in touch for a short while, but eventually the bond they formed fades away and is but a memory. I have not talked to Keli or Matt since they left. It is my hope that their symbiotic relationship is working well for all three of them. No news is good news. Here’s to hoping theirs is the first friendship created here that lasts for as long as they need it to.
Wish List
Meal Providers
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.
Ways to Support NATH
Bag Sales

These two sided book bags measure 15" wide by 15.5" tall and have been donated to NATH - Frederick Place by a "Friend of NATH". Supply is limited.

We are also in the process of having "grocery bags" created with the same logos that will be larger and have a wider bottom. Please watch for those on sale soon.

These sales will help us raise some of the money we have lost from our missed fundraisers.
Help us reach our goal of 2020 "Likes" in 2020 by sharing or inviting your Facebook Friends to like the Frederick Place Facebook Page!!!

Our Facebook page is a great way to stay connected.