Check out the special announcement put out by the Green Bay Packers today.

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We are very proud to be supporting NATH/Frederick Place through the sale of souvenir Green Bay Packer Tailgate Tour t-shirts and collectible Green Bay Packer mugs. 50% of all sales will benefit this great organization. These items are currently for sale here at the store. T-shirts are $15.00 and mugs are $12.00. 

Tickets for the Tailgate Tour go on sale here at 8:00am on February 6th. Also, at Trigs.
UCC Thrift Store in St. Germain has partnered with NATH for the past few years and every December they collect money in their store and then match whatever is collected and donate it to NATH.

This year their total was $235.00
On January 12, 2017, Culver's hosted a Shares Night to benefit NATH. Manager Tom presents check to Tammy Dye, accepting on behalf of NATH.
Over $350.00 was raised to help with the operations of Frederick Place.

Thank you to all those who came and dined that evening and supported NATH.
CoVantage Cares
  Lisa Spenser and  Sherry L Aulik present Tammy Modic with a check for $5,000 from CoVantage Cares Foundation.  This grant will be used for the daily operations of Frederick Place.  In 2017 it will cost NATH $43.50 a day per resident.  This donation will help cover the cost of one person staying at Frederick Place for 115 days.  Thank you CoVantage Cares.
A benefit was held for the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH) that was sponsored by the Vacationland
Ministerial Association.

The event was held on January 14th, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ-Eagle River, WI.  Vocalist Kate Jennings and Pianist Judith Permann were featured
Kate Jennings-Vocal
Judith Permann, Piano

$195.00 was collected.

Jeans for Teens
On Thursday January 26, a group of Rhinelander High School Teens belonging to the FBLA/DECCA clubs provided a meal for the house and also blessed us with 317 pairs of Jeans. The teens brought great food and energy to the house and enjoyed interacting with the house residents.  This is a huge blessing to many out there and shows the compassion and hearts of our teens to do this on a yearly basis.
It is January 30th at 7 pm and I am sitting on my comfy chair at home and the newsletter is due to be sent out tomorrow at the latest, but my life has been revolving around fundraising.  The annual operating budget for Frederick Place for 2017 is just shy of $240,000, of which we will receive approximately $30,000-$40,000 from the state and federal governments.  It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that we will need to raise $200,000 in 2017 to balance our budget. Grants provide a portion of the remaining balance.  However, the fundraising committee is charged with raising $60,000 in 2017, thus the beginning of a very busy year.

To date in 2017, we have already had a Culver’s Shares Night in Minocqua, and we will celebrate at our 6th Annual Anniversary Benefit on Saturday.  At the same time that planning is going on for the Anniversary, we have also begun to work on the next major event coming in April.  As soon as the Anniversary is wrapped up, we will begin planning for the Annual Golf Scramble set for June 4th.  In between these events we will have our Rhinelander Culver’s Shares Night on March 9th, get our brat sales set up, start our Summer Raffle, plan a new event for May, and discuss what we will do for the fall.

Fall will see us partnering again with the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce and Rhinelander Area Food Pantry for the 3rd Annual Harvest Hoedown on September 30th.  There will also be Soup for Shelter events and the Everybody Deserves Shelter campaign.  We will also work on setting up dates for Papa Murphy Nights in Rhinelander and Minocqua, and work on planning many speaking engagements.

If this makes your head spin and makes you feel just a tad tired – you will understand exactly how I am feeling.  Why do I tell you all of this?  For you to understand what goes on behind the scenes of the Community Outreach and Fundraising Committee.  I have a wonderful group of NATH volunteers that help me make all of this happen and more.  The committee forms “sub committees” to help deal with some of the larger fundraisers.  If you would you like to find out how this team operates, or have some ideas you would like to share with us to help raise $200,000 in 2017, please send me an email at nathnorthwoods@gmail.com.  I would love to hear from you!

Stay tuned for all of the upcoming events.  We would love to have you take part in them!
Life at Frederick Place is constantly changing.  No two days, weeks, or months are ever the same.  The exception to this dynamic environment occurs on the third Saturday of every month.  Since the very first months of our grand adventure, that night has been dubbed, “ Pastor John Night .”  A Pastor John Night is a night that Pastor, his wife Jeannette, and a couple from Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church in Conover provide the evening meal for the residents.  On that night, the kitchen comes alive with a flurry of activity ranging from final food preparation to table setting and staying ahead of the dirty dishes.  A kitchen such as ours needs a captain, and Jeannette was” Kitchen Captain Extraordinaire!”  If you were anywhere near the kitchen she put you to work.  This may be why Pastor John and residents who had experienced a Pastor John Night were always more than willing to go get milk, butter, or ice cream.

In the very beginning we had a “weekend only” staff person, and that person was Gloria.  Jeannette and Gloria both grew up in the Chicago area and always had plenty to talk about.  I remember how much Gloria looked forward to those chats with Jeannette, and I envied her.   When I took over working Saturday nights, I must admit I was a little insecure and quite intimidated to be the staff person in charge of Pastor John Nights.  I knew I couldn’t fill Gloria’s shoes, and that I would have to develop my own bond with Jeannette.  I just needed to find something she and I both knew about or had experienced.  Our common thread was not apparent on the first few Saturday nights.  Just when I’d given up hope, Jeanette asked me if we had a REAL potato masher, and, thanks to my mom, I knew what a REAL potato masher was.  A REAL potato masher is not the one with the S wound metal contraption. That was what she held in her hand.  I told her I would look in the basement to see if I could find the utensil she was asking for.  As I went down the stairs I recall hearing her fading voice asking if I knew what a REAL potato masher was.  I kept right on going without answering, because I knew exactly what it was that Jeannette wanted.  I said a little prayer as I dug through a bin of utensils.  Much to my delight I quickly spotted the shiny round metal grid attached to a handle.  I presented my prize to Jeannette, and a friendship and a secret were born. The secret? I hid that potato masher.

From that day forward, Jeannette and I often ate in the kitchen so all of the residents could sit at Pastor John’s table.  We had our very own kid’s table.  In the beginning our chats were not about serious subjects.  I wish our topics would have remained light-heartened, but that was not meant to be. Jeannette confided to me that she had lung cancer.  When Jeannette told me I didn’t know what to say to her.  I’d been down this road with my mom, and it was not a pleasurable path to walk.  I held it together until they headed home, and then I went in the basement and sobbed. Jeannette’s bad news brought a flood of memories to my mind.  I never told Jeannette how I sobbed that night.  Instead I did for Jeannette what I was not capable of doing for my mom.  I put my big girl pants on, prayed, and became determined to display a positive attitude around Jeannette, rather than dwell on the inevitable as I did with my mom.

When Jeannette started treatment, she continued to prepare meals, but she did not always make the journey with Pastor.  On the nights she didn’t come she would call to give me a time estimate of Pastor’s arrival, remind me to preheat the oven, and catch up on each other’s lives. Those calls always ended with a simultaneous, “Love you.”  I won’t be getting those calls anymore, as Jeannette’s weary heart gave up on January 7, 2017.

Words cannot convey how much I will miss this special lady.  Words also cannot express the depth of my regret for not calling Jeannette all of the times I mentally told myself I should.  We’ve had a Pastor John Night since Jeannette’s passing.  We all would have understood if he had canceled, but he knew we were counting on him, and he was there.  I did not work that night, and I am selfishly grateful I didn’t.  I was not ready to have a meal in which Jeanette played no part, nor was I emotionally strong enough to see Pastor knowing Jeannette wasn’t home waiting for him.  It will take time to heal and accept that this couple, that touched my heart, is no longer a pair in the tangible world.  For in life, they were a “we” in every sense of the word - just like peas and carrots, jelly and jam, potatoes and a REAL potato masher. 

Obituary for Jeanette Kuziej-

Jeannette Marie (Golde) Kuziej 
(April 1, 1948 - January 7, 2017) 

      Jeannette Marie (Golde) Kuziej, 68, of Conover, Wisc. and formerly of Ironwood, Mich., died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in her home.
     The former Jeannette Marie Ehrler was born April 1, 1948, in Chicago, daughter of the late Robert and Patricia (Ravey) Ehrler. She grew up in Oak Lawn, Ill., and graduated from the Academy of Our Lady High School in 1966. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Western Illinois University-Macomb, in 1970. She then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years. During Jeannette’s 33-year tenure, she held many leadership positions, retiring in 2010 as Postmaster for the Bergland, Mich. Post Office.
     Jeannette moved to Ironwood, Mich. in 1991 and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, where she served on the Church Council and taught Sunday School. Jeannette also served on the Synod Council of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and participating in events to help alleviate world hunger was a passion of hers. She enjoyed preparing meals for Frederick Place, a homeless shelter in Rhinelander. Jeannette was on the board of the Synod Women’s Organization enjoying their various retreats and learning opportunities and was a graduate of the Synod’s Lay School for Mission. During Jeannette’s time with the church, she was a champion for many social issues of our time.
     On Aug. 18, 2001, Jeannette was united in marriage to Rev. John Kuziej at Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood. She assisted her pastor husband in many ways in congregations in Ewen and Paynesville, Mich., and lately at Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church in Conover.
     Besides her husband, Jeannette is survived by her two children, Dagny (Mark) Eckert, Tinley Park, Ill., and Emmett (Tammy) Golde, Pelkie, Mich.; three granddaughters, Marissa Eckert, Madison Golde and Kayla Golde; brothers, William Ehrler, Orland Park, Ill., and Robert (Diane) Ehrler, Portland, Ore.; sisters, Mary Ehrler, Lockport, Ill., and Patricia Adamski, Hometown, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood, with Pastor Kurt Kovanen officiating.
     Memorial services will also be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church in Conover, with Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating. 
     Committal and inurnment will be in Sunset Acres Cemetery, Ironwood Township, in the spring.
     Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood. Jeannette’s obituary can be viewed online and condolences given to her family at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.


Jeanette Kuziej
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     If you, your family, your church, your business or a group you belong to would like to provide an evening meal please contact any staff member at Frederick Place @ 715-369-9777 Open dates are listed in the open meals calendar above. 
     Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month NATH and Frederick Place thank the following groups
  • Church of Christ–Hope Center
  • First Congregational United Church of Church Rhinelander
  • Eileen Swierczynski
  • Human Service Center 
  • Kowieski Family
  • Margie
  • Pastor John and Rita/ Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church -  Conover
  • Pat/Monessorri School
  • Rose and Billy Jo
  • Rhinelander Café and Pub
  • St. Kunegunda/St Theresa
  • The Table–St. Augustine Episcopal Church-Rhinelander
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Rhinelander
  • Dye Family
  • FBLA/DECCA (RHS Group)
  • Rita Webster.
  • Stacie Beauchamp Simkins