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Executive Director Corner
Webster’s Dictionary defines “giving” as an adjective – providing love or other emotional support; caring. In my eyes "giving" is a verb or an action that happens almost daily while working for NATH – Frederick Place. This is never more evident than during the Christmas season. This newsletter is filled with photos of just a few of the people and organizations who have provided love and emotional support to not only Frederick Place but it’s residents. 

The trees pictured here in my article are from Pizza Ranch (left) and at Frederick Place (right). Pizza Ranch chose NATH – Frederick Place to benefit from their giving tree. They put tags on the tree with items from our wish list which included not only the items you see but “Fuel Only” gift cards as well as Walmart gift cards. The generosity of the Pizza Ranch patrons was amazing as you can see.

The tree on the right is the tree at Frederick Place on Christmas morning. We had over ten Secret Santa groups help to provide a wonderful Christmas for those having to call Frederick Place home during the holidays. The residents’ hearts were overjoyed to know that so many people care about them.

Thank you to all who have helped us to make 2019 a year filled with so much. Here are some of the numbers from 2019.

·         99 individuals call Frederick Place home with 15 of those being children under the age of 18
·         7 adults reported they were veterans 
·         19 were chronically homeless (having a disability and homeless for 12 months straight or 3 times in 4 years)
·         63 were males and 36 were females
·         4 individuals were age 62 or over, while 12 were between 18 and 24, and 68 between 25 and 61
·         22 individuals experienced domestic violence at one point in their lives
·         We logged 4,109 shelter nights (we receive 1 shelter night for each person in the house)
·         The lowest number of residents in the house during the year was 5 and the highest was 16
·         We averaged 11 per night in the house (16 is maximum)
·         We were full at 16 for 35 days during the year

From myself, the NATH Board of Directors, and the Frederick Place Staff we would like to wish you a Happy New Year, and we look forward to what 2020 will bring.
Tribute Corner

In Honor of
Sarah & Ken Juon
The Olkowski Family

In Memory of
Pat Van Deventer
Board of Directors Corner
Linda Moore
Board Director

How Long have you lived in the Northwoods?

I've lived in Rhinelander most of my life. My Dad moved us here from Kenosha when I was 3. Love the Northwoods!

How long have you been with NATH - Frederick Place?

I've been with NATH for about 2 years.

What made you get involved with NATH - Frederick Place?

I feel this is such an important need in our community and I like being part of it.

What committee are you involved with?

I haven't really started with any committee yet. I am supposed to go to Grants but have not been able to attend a meeting in last few months.

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

I help with fundraisers and really enjoy it. Good memories doing Brat sales and Fundraiser at Brown St. 151!
Beth Svehlek
Board Director

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?

My husband Dave and I moved to Rhinelander from Oconomowoc in July of 2017. We had vacationed on Horsehead for many years, and when he retired I took advantage of a job transfer to come Up North. I am an attorney with the State Public Defender's Office, representing indigent persons accused of crime in state court and administrative hearings. I am sensitive to the challenges that result in persons becoming residents of Frederick Place, and my legal practice dovetails nicely with NATH's goals

How long with NATH – Frederick Place?

I have been with NATH for two years!

What made you get involved with NATH – Frederick Place?

Our new neighbors introduced us to Bill Miller and Deacon Dick when we moved here, and Bill twisted my arm ever so gently. It was a no brainier to say yes to him

What committee are you involved with?

I help out the personnel committee as needed. This year I have been trying to volunteer more and was at the Fall Fest, Backwaters, Woodpecker, Culvers, and Soup for Shelter events. Just a few hours a week can make a difference and is much more satisfying than watching the boob tube.

What is your favorite memory while you have been involved with NATH – Frederick Place?
I have so much fun selling raffle tickets at Ken-tuck Fest in Crandon! Whoda thunk? The first time I did it, Crandon opened their wallets to the tune of $750. The festival is in July, in the courtyard square with its shady canopy from mature trees, burgers on the grill and excellent live bluegrass music all afternoon.
Thank you  Northwoods Association of Realtors  for your generous donation of items from our Wish List and the cash donation. Your continued partnership warms our hearts.
Thank you to all who came out to Dairy Queen for our share night. Thank you to the staff for partnering with us.
Thank you  HyPro Inc.  - Rhinelander for your recent Secret Santa gifts and items from our Wish List. This is just a little peek at what they donated. Your partnership is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to the  Lakeland Noon Rotary  Club for your donations of items from our Wish List. These are just a few of the wonderful donations .
Thank you Rhinelander Ruby’s Pantry for sharing $500 of your benevolence fund with NATH - Frederick Place.  Tracey Barnes , Ruby’s Pantry Volunteer Coordinator/Promotion Coordinator presents a check to  Tammy Modic , Executive Director. Assisting in the presentation is Santa, Autumn Elf, and Rod Ankrom, Ruby’s Site Coordinator/Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.
Thank you  Sammy Jr's Sara Jewell  & Kristy Ramker for the recent $1,000 donation you presented NATH -Frederick Place Executive Director, Tammy Modic. Your kindness and partnership mean the world to those experiencing homelessness.
We can not thank you enough. This generous young man won the 1st half 50/50 drawing and donated $50.00 of his winning back to NATH - Frederick Place!
Also a shout out to our 2nd half 50/50 drawing winner who donated $80.00 of the winning back as well!
A big Thank You goes out to The Woodpecker Bar and Grill for hosting the Green Bay Packer vs Chicago Bears game Sunday, December 15th. Thank you to EVERYONE who came to join in on the fun and support NATH - Frederick Place. We raised a little over $1,000.00 this day! We would not be able to operate with out all of the great support!
We are so excited to have  James Williams Middle School  students partnering with us. Thank you so very much.
Thank you to Miss  Voigt  and her 4th grade class for the donation of these items from the Wish List along with $60. What a great way to help us celebrate the holidays.
Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny

Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about ~Sheryl Sandberg

As you will read, Michael McDermott came on board on July 31, 2019. I asked Mike shortly after he started to write a few lines about himself. He most definitely is not one who loves being the center of attention, so when he wrote not a word, I didn’t push him. I wouldn’t doubt if he said a couple silent prayers in hopes I would not bring it up again. If that was the case, his prayers last week were voluntarily unanswered. I just happened to be in “accelerated whine mode” after the resident I planned on writing about did not return. The resident took with him the article I’d been prepping in my thoughts, and I had no clue what or who to write about. I was pretty sure Mike wanted to remain our anonymous token male, so I was very surprised when Mike offered to write something about himself. The more I thought about it, I like the idea of entering the new year by introducing a new staff member. I contacted Mike several hours after he had left and asked if he was still willing to write a few words about himself. He was, and I can’t thank him enough. Take it away, Michael….

I’m originally from Rhinelander, Wisconsin and graduated from Rhinelander High in 2011. From there, I enlisted in the Army and left for active duty that following summer. I spent a total of 4 years in Active Duty as a Field Artilleryman and was initially stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and then was sent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. During my time in the Army, I was able to see a great portion of the United States, and was even sent to South Korea for training with the Republic of Korea Army. After I had discharged honorably from active duty, I had decided to go to school full time to continue my education. I attended South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA and intended to get my degree in Criminal Justice. Unfortunately, they had just gotten rid of their Criminal Justice program just prior to my enrollment, so I decided I would go for a degree in Sociology.

I attended South Puget Sound Community College for a full year, and then decided to re-enter the workforce full time. I worked a series of jobs such as a Security Officer at a casino, a freight handler at the Port of Tacoma, and then as a switchman at a railyard. During this time, I decided to re-enlist in the Army Reserve for supplemental income, and, to be honest, I had missed the Army lifestyle. I enlisted and chose to re-class my job from Field Artillery to Watercraft Engineering / Engineman. I was sent to Fort Eustis, Virginia for two and half months for training, and had achieved my certifications in May of 2016. Shortly after my return to Washington State, I applied to work for Chehalis Tribal Police, and had been offered a job as a Corrections Deputy, which I gladly accepted.
I worked for Chehalis Tribal Police for a year, and I truly did fall in love with the job of Corrections Deputy. I felt like I was making an impact in a community I cared for. After working for Tribal Police, I decided to transfer out and work for Washington State Department of Corrections. I attended the Corrections Academy and was assigned to work at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, WA. I started off as a temporary officer and was assigned to all different posts in the facility, until I was slotted for a permanent position in a Maximum-Security Unit in the facility as a Unit Officer. I worked at Stafford Creek for a year before resigning, as I had to move back to Rhinelander to assist my parents due to health issues.

I moved back to Rhinelander, WI in October of 2018, and spent the winter and spring working a series of odd jobs around town. After going to treatment voluntarily for alcoholism, I felt I needed to give back to the community in any way I could and find some sort of direction for my life. I started working at NATH – Frederick Place on July 31 st , 2019, and it has become not just a job for me, but a home away from home of sorts. The staff are more than just co-workers, but family. I truly love the dynamic all staff members have with each other and the residents. One of my favorite things is seeing residents come in from all different walks of life, experience and age. Its one of the most interesting and enlightening places someone can work. I truly appreciate every day I can come into work and do what I do and appreciate the opportunity and chance to give back to the community and help those in need.
I must admit I knew very little about Mike prior to reading this. Mike and my daughter went to high school together. They even went on a few dates, so I knew his name but nothing else. My first impression was that he wasn’t a talker; he keeps to himself. I was wrong. It took Mike awhile, but once he became more comfortable in his role at Frederick Place, he started conversing more and more. Our shift change time went from 15 seconds to 15 minutes or more. We’ve had some great discussions about recovery, and we’ve helped each other decompress after a stressful shift. Mike has been there for me more than once when I’ve unexpectedly needed a night off and I don’t doubt he will be there for me in the future. (Perhaps a Packers playoff game?) The residents look forward to Mike working, and one even said he was the best friend he had made in a long time. I see that quality in Mike. I’m not sure if Mike sees what others see or if he is too humble to acknowledge what others verbalize. My money is on he doesn’t see it, because he blushes and has a look of surprise when I compliment him. It is my hope that in time Mike will get better at accepting compliments, and he will begin to see what I see. “Progress not perfection,” as we say in AA.

In closing I must be honest. I do have a complaint; Mike strictly adheres to the dress code, which leaves me fearing I will have to quit dressing like every day is casual Friday. I love my Levi’s, but not as much as I love Springsteen in Levi’s!
Welcome to the family, Mike.

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.  
Ascension Employees
Ali Shoeder
Carly Ratliff
Chloe Durkee
First Congregational UCC - Rhinelander
Human Service Center
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Jenifer Mckenzie
John Kuziej
Judy Thomas
Kathy Winkler
Kelly Anunson
Kohler Behavioral Health
Linda Olive
Meyers Family
Mike Mangerson
Monica Moran
Nancy Thorn
Orrin Walmart
Rhinelander Café and Pub
Susan Reno
Tara Ferge
Tina Piasecki
Tracy Reinholt
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.