I was a stranger and you invited me in..." 
Matthew 25:35 NIV
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Director's Corner
by Tammy Modic
You might have seen a new face around NATH - Frederick Place events or at the shelter. Jenifer J. McKenzie was hired in December as part-time Administrative Assistant and part-time Shift Manager in the shelter. I asked Jenifer to answer a few questions about herself so that you could get to know her a little better.

Where were you born and raised?   
Rhinelander, WI. I have lived in other places but always seem to come back to Rhinelander.

Who do you call family? 
I grew up with my dad, mom and two younger sisters. I have three children Emily 19, Anna 18, and Noah 16.
My kids are amazing. They have always been my biggest supporters. I have tried to show them: unconditional love, to be persistent and NEVER ever give up, to believe in themselves, and to trust that God has a plan for them - even when nothing seems to make sense.

What drew you to want to work at NATH - Frederick Place?
My personal experiences drew me to work here as well as a desire to give back to the community and, to help others to never give up hope. I also believe any service position is good for us as it helps us not focus only on our own struggles.

What has been the most enjoyable thing about working at NATH - Frederick Place so far?
I feel that I am growing as an individual with each staff/community member/resident that I come in contact with. I feel a part of a ‘bigger picture’, a part of a team.

What schooling have you had after high school?
I have been in school a number of years now. I plan to graduate in Summer 2019 with a degree in Administration. I am also close to completing a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Development which has always been my passion. This degree is temporarily on hold.

Here is a sneak peak of Jenifer. I hope that you will take a moment to say “hi” and get to know her better when you stop by Frederick Place or see her at one of the many events.

Welcome to the team!
Upcoming Events
Board of Directors Corner
Jeff Wagner
NATH - President

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?

“14 years in Eagle River”

How long with NATH – Frederick Place?

“5 years on the NATH Board”

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

“Bill Miller invited me to lunch. We talked. I was hooked. Lunch was great and NATH is better yet!”

What committees are you involved with?

“As the Chairman I am an ex officio member of all committees”.

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

“The professionalism and dedicated hard work of all of our Board Members. And, the leadership and friendship of Tammy Modic & Bill Miller”.
Bob Wolf
NATH - Vice President

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?

Since 2002

How long with NATH – Frederick Place?

Since 2015

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

“Lunch with Bill Miller where I became more aware of NATH’s goals and activities to provide a “hand up” to those in need.”

What committees are you involved with?

“Community Outreach and Fundraising, Finance, Exec, Nominating, and various sub-committees.”

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

“Seeing the successes of NATH–Frederick Place, the people it serves and those that make it happen.”
Tribute Corner

In Memory of

Bill Miller

David Martin
Past Events
Anniversary Benefit
By Jenifer McKenzie
On February 2 nd , NATH - Frederick Place celebrated its 8 th Annual Anniversary. This fun-filled event is NATH’s largest one day fundraiser during the year. Not only were there many first-time participants attending the benefit, but this year’s attendance had the highest numbers since 2012. As a new member of the NATH - Frederick Place team, I was a little nervous but very excited. I had no idea what to expect.

Upon entering the Hodag Banquet Center I was surrounded by the hum of positive energy, and the musical stylings of Josh Calhoun. His performance set the tone for a fantastic evening. From the kitchen came the mouth watering aromas of prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, and other delightful side dishes that were on the evening’s menu.

The perimeter of the banquet hall was lined with tables that held items for the Beverage Raffle, Basket Raffle, and Live Auction. The tables along the back wall had been designated for the delicious and extravagant looking cakes and desserts that were donated for the Dessert Dash. During all this excitement there were glow stick bracelets being sold for the “Heads or Tails” 50/50 raffle as well. Beyond the Dessert Dash table a photo booth was set up for those who wished to document their experience at the Anniversary Dinner.

Tammy Modic’s tribute to Bill Miller was sincere and truly heartfelt. Although I did not have the privilege to meet Bill, the work he started has impacted me in many ways. I feel honored to have a place a NATH – Frederick Place to further this service effort.

This year’s Partner of the Year is the Woodpecker Bar & Grill. They were chosen this year for their generous support to NATH – Frederick Place throughout the year.

NATH – Frederick Place would like to say a special thank you to our 2019 Table Sponsors:

Dinky Diner
BMO Harris
Business Insurance Group
Dick & Mary Meier
Eric & Lisa Eggman
Hildebrand Funeral Home
Joy & Joe Smogor
Nancy Nebgan
Newcomers & Friends
Park City Credit Union
Ripco Credit Union
St Augustine's Episcopal Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Woodruff Appliance & TV

The most memorable part of this celebration for me was witnessing the support given by businesses and individuals of Rhinelander and the surrounding communities. In total we received over $15,000 that will be utilized in providing shelter to those in need.
Next year’s benefit will be held on February 1, 2020. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Care from Above
Craft & Vendor Show
On Saturday, February 9th several vendors from the area spent their day supporting NATH - Frederick Place. The day resulted in almost $1,000 being raised for the operations of Frederick Place. Thank you to Rose for organizing this great event.
Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
Behind every great man is not a woman, she is beside him, she is with him, not behind him. ~Tariq Ramadan

The recent loss of our founder, Bill Miller, has rekindled discussions centering around the early days of NATH. Bill has been the undisputed face of NATH and understandably so. I’m willing to bet his name is the first thing that enters the minds of many of you when you hear or read about NATH. For the old timers, two names enter our minds when the topic comes up; Bill and Carol. Many of you may not be aware of how instrumental Carol was in the early days of NATH. Carol was chosen as the volunteer I was tasked to write about in the August of 2013 edition of NATH Notes. I do believe that was the first time I went over my 500 word limit, but it was about Carol so I got away with it. This month it is again my honor and privilege to share an updated version of that article.

Carol, who was born in Rhinelander, is a well-known member of our community. Now that I know a little more about the amazing woman she is, I thought I would begin this article by sharing a little history of Carol’s life prior to NATH and Frederick Place.

Carol has practiced as a registered nurse in a wide array of healthcare settings including; operating rooms, labor and delivery, emergency rooms, public health, home health, and as a parish nurse. Carol has also taught emergency medical technicians at two community colleges, and she has taught paramedic and nursing students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Carol keeps her license current and volunteers for the American Red Cross disaster relief. On January 1, 2016, Carol arrived in Texas to help tornado victims for her 13th national deployment with the American Red Cross.

Carol has also spent 30 plus years in the Army Reserves Unit and achieved the rank of Colonel. Colonel Miller’s military career is awe inspiring. Carol has been on missions to Japan, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, and Africa. She was also deployed as a “Civil Affairs Officer” in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Carol and Bill met at Glacier National Park in 1965. Carol was on a camping vacation, and Bill was employed there as a park ranger. They married in 1966 and have three children and eleven grandchildren.

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~Herman Melville

When Carol and Bill retired in Rhinelander, it was second nature for them to look for ways to serve in the community. In 2009 Carol joined Bill and assisted him with research and community outreach. Their data showed there was a definite need for a shelter. Carol and Bill prayed for guidance as they took those first leaps of faith. They had no idea how the community would react or if they would get the necessary support. They spent a lot of hours educating members of our communities about the very real need for emergency housing in the area. Their dedication and hard work paid off, and NATH was born.

Carol was instrumental in the development of NATH’s bylaws and initial incorporation. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors, Secretary, Chair of Bylaws, and Publicity Coordinator. The birth of NATH Notes came about when Carol volunteered to write and edit a monthly newsletter as a means to educate committee members and the community. Today NATH Notes remains a very vital means of educating the community about our mission, goals, plans, needs, and accomplishments. On a personal note, if it were not for Carol, I wouldn’t be writing about her, and you wouldn’t be reading this. Thanks to Carol my decades long dream of writing came to fruition, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow. ~Vince Lombardi

Carol and Bill are remarkable people in their own light. Together they have the spiritual quality of which Saint Vince speaks. Frederick Place simply would not exist if it weren't for their leadership and recruitment of others to join their cause. Today the members of NATH and my Fred Family continue to follow their example and are always planning and envisioning ways to improve the invaluable service that has helped so many people.

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay for awhile and leave footprints on our heart and we are never, ever the same.

Although neither one of them is physically in Rhinelander their essence can be found within the walls of the home that started as a dream, turned into a vision and became a reality. They have left footprints on countless hearts thanks to their faith and dedication to their cause. I know they left a marathon of footprints on my heart and I will never be the same.
Partner Corner
Sam Houle presented a check to Tammy Modic from CoVantage Cares Foundation. Thank you to CoVantage Cares for the $5,000 grant for the operations of Frederick Place.
A member of "Be the Difference from Nicolet College presented Tammy Modic with a check from their recent bake sale. These dollars will help with the operations of Frederick Place.
Ways you can become a NATH Partner and 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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Wish List
Meal Providers
Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month NATH and Frederick Place thank the following individuals and groups. 
  • Ascension
  • First Congregational UCC - Rhinelander
  • Pastor John Kuziej
  • Human Service Center
  • Kate Hansen
  • Montessori School-St. Germain
  • Pine Grove Church
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Alexandra Pond
  • Frederick Place Residents
  • Inclusa
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • Rhinelander Café and Pub
  • Nancy Thorn
  • Melissa Cox
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Rhinelander
  • Xylina Graf & family
  • #2 FBLA/DECA
  • Mike Mack
  • Orrin
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.