I was a stranger and you invited me in..." 
Matthew 25:35 NIV
In Loving Memory
Director's Corner
by Tammy Modic
“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we will fall!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.

―  Guillaume Apollinaire

Mentor means an experienced and trusted advisor. Webster’s Dictionary
A truly great mentor is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.
A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future and believe it can be obtained.

Bill Miller is on the top of my list for mentors in my life. Bill (and Carol) found me at one of the darker periods of my life. Having just been asked to leave the school district after eighteen years of service and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Not only did Bill Miller take a “leap of faith” when he asked the community to purchase what is now known as Frederick Place, but he also took a “leap of faith” when he hired me as the executive director. Bill saw things in me that I did not see in myself and carved a path for me to be able to surround myself with an amazing cast of supporters in my team of staff members and the board members I have had the privilege to work with over the past eight years.

There are so many treasured moments that I was able to spend with Bill as he guided and pushed me to be a better version of myself. In his being able to support me along this journey, I, in turn, was able to support the thousands of others who stepped into my life because of Bill and his vision to support those experiencing homelessness in northern Wisconsin.

As the words from the song “For Good” from the Broadway hit “Wicked” say so well:

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...
Because I knew you
I have been changed for good

Thank you, Bill Miller, for taking a leap and letting me build my wings on the way down. You are forever in my heart.

He lived his Dash
They say how our lives are lived is measured by the dash between the dates.

Bill lived his "DASH" in a way that made every day a little bit better, not only for his family, which was the heart of his life after his love for God, but also for his extended family at NATH; a place that was near and dear to his heart, a place he created to make sure the less fortunate were taken care of.

Bill lived out the Golden Rule in the only way he knew how; he did it with grace and compassion. He did this each day with every fiber of his being. In the time that he spent here on earth, he touched many lives in all the places that he lived but none more so, than the mark he made in Rhinelander, WI. His passion and heart for reaching out to the less fortunate became a legacy. That legacy was built (Frederick Place) and has grown into a place of warmth and love, compassion and strength for all who cross its doorway.

He left it for us to carry on, and we will do our best to continue the legacy. Bills legacy will continue touching many lives for many, many years. We will make sure people know of the man: the man that had a dream and a love of people, the man that was the epitome of hope and love, the man who wanted to reach out and love on all of his fellow man and create a place that offered hope and love to all who were in need, the man that lived as he was told to by God. 

Bill lived to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and because of this, many lives have been impacted. Bill was an inspiration to all he encountered. His demeanor was filled with laughter, integrity, compassion, love, kindness, and truth. His vision for a better world was one he lived out each day. I was blessed to know the man, to listen to his stories and wisdom.

I was blessed to watch as he modeled the kind of person that we all strive to be. Bill, thank you for being a man of God and a blessing to many. I will cherish the memories of the time I had to spend with you. There is a special place in heaven for you, Bill.

May you look down and smile when you see your legacy continue to be lived out. We will do our best to make you proud. You will be missed beyond measure. It was an honor to know you and work with you in this dream that you created. Thank you for your leadership and wisdom. As God said, Well done my good and faithful servant.

In Gods love, until we meet again.
Tammy Dye
Upcoming Events
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Tribute Corner
In Honor of

Bob Wolf
Bud & Vi May

In Memory of

Bill Miller
Jeanette Kuziej


Lakeland Soup for Shelter
Lakeland Soup for Shelter was held on January 12th at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff. Soups, milk and rolls were were provided by local businesses while delicious desserts were provided by the Circle of Women group at Holy Family. Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the delicious soups and helped support NATH - Frederick Place.
Thank you: Culvers, Norwood Pines Supper Club, Dinky Diner, PoleCat & Lace, Cafe Holiday, Trigs and Burger King.
CT's Deli FUNdnight
Volunteer Bartenders
All had a wonderful time enjoying the delicious food and drinks while supporting NATH - Frederick Place. Thank you CT's Deli for the great event that raised over $800.
Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
I thought my farewell to Bill and Carol Faces was the most difficult one I would be tasked with writing. Their departure had left me with a sense of loss as it was highly unlikely I would see them again. However, I was happy for them which made the empty spot in my heart they once filled easier to bear. Bill’s permanent departure in earthly form has left me with one question; Why?

As a devout Catholic, Bill wouldn’t question God’s plan for him. I am not questioning God, but it is a struggle to banish the word unfair from my thoughts when I think of Bill. Bill had served others for the majority of his life, and he deserved to be by Carol’s side and she by his as they spent time with their kids and grandkids. I quiet my questioning mind by remembering the poem, I’m Free. Particularly comforting are the first two lines, because I imagine Bill saying them to all who are grieving his passing;

                                 Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free
                                I’m following the path God laid for me

Bill was a walking talking example of God’s teachings. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather with a zest for life and a love of helping others any way he could. Bill undertook many humanitarian causes and was a dedicated Catholic Deacon. He used his many gifts and talents in his work as a park ranger, police officer, volunteer fire fighter, police chief, missionary, as well as soup kitchen and Big Brother volunteer. Bill and Carol saw the need for a homeless shelter and didn’t rest until Frederick Place went from being a vision to a reality. Their dedication and hard work has transformed the lives of 676 men, women and children who have called Frederick Place home. His work will make a difference in the lives of thousands more in the future. There is no way of knowing how many lives Bill has had an effect on, but I would guess he impacted pretty much anyone who crossed his path directly or indirectly.

Sharing just a few of Bill’s accomplishments has raised another question; How?
How do I properly eulogize a man who was larger than life with mere words? I’ve tried to find the right words several times but my self-critical brain rejects every word, and my backspace key is getting a workout. Thankfully, I do know someone who always seems to have the words I seek to express what my heart is feeling. Springsteen wrote the following song, Terry’s Song, as a memorial for the man who had been his personal assistant for 23 years. I do believe all who knew Bill would agree with my choice. 

Well they built the Titanic to be one of a kind, but many ships have ruled the sea
They built the Eiffel Tower to stand alone but they could build another if they please.
Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt are unique I suppose
But when they built you brother, they broke the mold

Now the world is filled with many wonders under the passing sun
And sometimes something comes along and you know it’s for sure the only one
The Mona Lisa, the David, the Sistine Chapel, Jesus, Mary and Joe
And when they built you brother, they broke the mold

They say you can’t take it with you, but I think that they’re wrong
“Cause all I know is I woke up this morning and something big was gone
Gone into that dark ether where you’re still young and hard and cold
Just like when they built you brother, they broke the mold.

The day my path crossed Bill and Carol’s was the day my life changed for the better. If it wasn’t for Frederick Place I would not have met the people or had the experiences that made me who I am today. Without Frederick Place I would not have met the amazing ladies I call my “Fred Family.” I truly can’t imagine my life without them.
I wish I could express the sorrow I feel just knowing Carol, their kids, grandkids and extended family are bearing a loss so profound. Bill has touched the lives of so many, and I hope the knowledge that others care brings them some comfort.

Holding on to our memories, sharing those moments, keeps Bill alive in the minds and hearts of all who knew him. I cherish my memories and I am eternally grateful and proud to be a part of one of his legacies. I will miss the man who changed my life until the day I move up North and our paths cross again.

Rest in peace, Bill. (At least for a little while before you start on projects in Heaven)

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
January 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 & confirmation class
  • Human Service Center
  • Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church
  • Montessori School-St. Germain
  • Pine Grove Church
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Mary Perlberg
  • Sue Reno
  • Parish Nurses
  • Inclusa
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • Rhinelander Café and Pub
  • Nancy Thorn
  • Jessica Volinek
  • Connie Lefebvre
  • Carly Ratliff
  • Bridge Club
  • Key Club
  • Jerri Knuth
  • 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.